Crews Keep Pace with Aggressive Lakewood Elementary Schools Projects

Union tradesmen, with a little help from Mother Nature, have been able to keep up with an aggressive schedule on three Lakewood elementary school projects.

As frigid weather begins to set in throughout Northeastern Ohio, crews from the Cleveland Building Trades are working furiously get the three new Lakewood school buildings under roof.

Getting the schools enclosed will allow our indoor tradesmen and tradeswomen to work on the interior of the buildings, no matter what the weather conditions are on the outside.

Grant, Roosevelt and Lincoln elementary schools are each roughly 57,000 square feet.

As reported on, the Lakewood School District is guardedly optimistic that the weather will allow outside crews to finish roofing in all three projects before winter conditions and cold temperatures hit.

Jim Reitenbach, Executive Director of Operations Construction for the Lakewood City Schools, told the Lakewood City School Board that the projects are progressing.

Thanks in part to a mild December, crews, for the most part, have been able to keep up with the 16-month schedule.

Normally, projects of this size and scope take roughly 18 months to complete, but the goal is to have the projects finished in less time.

By utilizing the highly skilled and highly trained members of the Cleveland Building Trades, the school district is able to cut two months off their construction schedule. Through open communication between the trades and the contractor, plus the ability to provide quality work at a high level, our members were able to do what others could not do – condense an already tight schedule by an additional two months.

Reitenbach told the school board that Lincoln Elementary is slightly behind schedule, and there have been some struggles with the Roosevelt Elementary schedule.

However, he expects the all-union built projects to be complete by the July 2016 deadline.

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