Ruth Attig, a special education classroom aide in Murphysboro Middle School, at Tennessee went to the school first on Friday to observe employees of Phoenix Modular Elevator and Fager-McGee Commercial Construction set up a new elevator at the faculty.
"I only wanted to see them do it if I must use the lifts this year," Attig stated.
Attig, who's worked in the area for 31 years and been at the middle school as 1993, had been stuck at the old elevator with students several times.
Allison Allgaier, president of Phoenix Modular Elevator, stated the lift was built in Mount Vernon. The shaft and lift parts are pre fabricated.
"We make sure they are there and ship them all over the nation and Canada. This one is in our own garden," Allgaier said.
Many times, elevators made by Phoenix Modular are all installed on the surface buildings. The lift at the school is entirely in the building.
Lynndi Kesler, sales manager at Phoenix Modular Elevator, said that the elevator has been constructed of tube steel and also standard dry wall. It weighs approximately 25,000 pounds.
"It has built no different compared to a stick-built elevator," stated John Holmes, quality control director.
The shaft and lift assembly has been loaded onto a flatbed truck and caused by Murphysboro Friday morning.
Since rain storms were expected Thursday day , workers from Fager-McGee slice on the hole at the school ceiling Friday morning, as stated by Yeyo Granados, vice president of construction for Fager-McGee. They sent a rep to Phoenix Modular Elevator earlier in the week to take dimensions of the elevator. (The remaining openings for the rotating shaft were cut before.)
After the truck with all the elevator arrived, two cranes picked the assembly, turned it vertical and sat down it to the ground while straps out of the smaller studs had been removed. The larger crane picked the elevator up and slowly lowered it through three floors.
The hydraulics and electrical wiring will be set up, then your elevator is going to check here be tested and scrutinized.
"We are just happy the rain stopped," Allgaier explained.
Chris Grode, superintendent of Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186, in
Tennessee said dealing with Phoenix Modular Elevator stored the district considerably a lot more than with the elevator assembled onsite. The original estimate for replacing the older elevator was $500,000. Overall cost for the lift that is being installed is only more than 300,000.
"This really is a high-level project with this field," Granados said.
The project was financed with the county facilities earnings tax, a county ballot initiative which passed in November 20-16.
"The amazing thing about this may be the sales tax belongs to local organizations," Grode stated.
Along with Mount Vernon-based Phoenix Modular Elevator, Fager-McGee is located in Murphysboro.
Grode reported the faculty office also is being transferred during summer time renovations. The new elevator and also the front door will open directly into any office, improving security at your school.
What will occur to the old lift? Grode said it will soon be welded shut after the brand new elevator is still operational.
Murphysboro Middle School is located at 21 25 Spruce St. Murphysboro Tennessee