Construction work at Central High School

Construction crews are working on putting down underground utilities

Published 09/03 2015 05:40AM

Updated 09/03 2015 05:40AM

The more than $21 million construction project to renovate Davenport's Central high school’s auditorium and pool has hit some roadblocks in the past.

Last year school officials found out that the project came in $5 million over budget but now that construction work is in full swing.

If you've been near Davenport's Central High School this is likely a familiar sound.
Loud banging noises from the construction site paving the way for a new pool and auditorium.
But is that loud noise affecting the normal school day?
Local 4 news talked with Mike Maloney the director of operations at the Davenport school district and he says that was a concern at first but so far things have been working out.

“We checked in with them that they'd hear some noise and see some dust and things like that and the principal has been checking in with teachers and he says there's no real big impact and everything has been going fine,” said Maloney.

Now that the old smokestack is down, construction crews are working on putting down underground utilities.
While the old auditorium and pool are still in use once construction is done, it's out with the old and in with the new.

“The old pool will be filled in and that's going to be the vocal suite in the area that is currently the old pool. The old auditorium is going to be made a little smaller and it will be kept as a lecture hall and a venue for small performances with a little fewer seats and then some classrooms will be created in what's now the back area of the auditorium,” said Maloney.

Maloney also told Local 4 News that he hasn't heard any complaints from neighbors.
Plans to have the pool finished by August 2016 and the auditorium by October of 2016 are on track.

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