Casting beds for two of the eight concrete statues that will be erected in front of the school later this month
Although they may look like giant snow angels or cookie cutters, the figures above are actually concrete casting beds that are being used to make 12-foot-tall statues in the shape of school children. The eight figures – four boys and four girls – will be erected later this month in front of the Socorro Independent School District K-8 Combo School Number 5 in El Paso, Texas.
The concrete tilt panel sculptures will require careful handling with a crane to lift and set them in place at the new school’s entrance. Each is six inches thick and takes several days to pour, finish and cure. Approximately 40 cubic yards of concrete are being used.
The Socorro Independent School District K-8 Combo School Number 5 – a $35 million K-12 school construction project being built by Sundt – will accommodate 2,200 students on a 36-acre campus when it is complete this summer.
Approximately $3,000 worth of food was collected through the Sundt Foundation’s holiday food drive in El Paso, Texas.
Weight loss experts say you shouldn’t equate food with love – but in some cases, the comparison couldn’t be more appropriate. Sundt employees working at eight different federal, heavy civil and K-12 school construction projects in El Paso, Texas, showed their caring for the community by participating in a holiday food drive that netted more than 600 pounds of donated edibles (valued at approximately $3,000). The donations were given to two area nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to individuals and families in need: Reynolds Home in El Paso and Families and Youth Inc., in Anthony, N.M.
Artist's rendering of Socorro Independent School District K-8 Combo School Number 5, which will be complete in the summer of 2013
A $35 million elementary/middle school construction project in El Paso is Sundt’s latest endeavor in Texas, an area in which we have established a strong presence over the past few years. The Socorro Independent School District K-8 Combo School Number 5 will accommodate 2,200 students on a 36-acre campus when it is complete in the summer of 2013. It is aiming for LEED Gold certification.
The project includes:
- A 237,000-square-foot classroom and administration building constructed of tilt-up concrete walls with a structural steel roof.
- A football field with a full running track, plus fields for baseball and softball, and approximately eight basketball courts and a dozen tennis courts.
- Library, auditorium, offices, classrooms equipped with Wi-Fi and smart boards, a full commercial kitchen and state-of-the-art science labs.
- A high-efficiency HVAC system.
- Gymnasium floors made of “ply-boo,” a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional wood flooring.
- Several rainwater retention basins and a 10,000-gallon water harvesting tank – to keep most storm water from leaving the site.