While March 29 to April 6 is spring break for Hinsdale Middle School students and teachers, it’s been anything but a vacation inside the building for workers hoping to finish work related to mold and water damage.
Work started in January at HMS after mold issues and water leaks were found in the building. Students missed three days of school and spent a few days attending classes at Clarendon Hills Middle School.
Bill Mushrush, a project manager hired on a four-month contract for $18,500 by Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181, said April 2 that except for some painting outside of classroom areas, all work should be completed by the time school reopens April 7.
“There’s been about 2 miles of baseboard installed throughout the building, which is followed by calking and two coats of paint,” Mushrush said. “Everything has been going pretty much on schedule. I can imagine that it’s been a big stress for the staff and students here, but things are much improved and should be back to normal for them.”
Mushrush, a retired assistant principal of operations for Glenbard Township High School District 87, said the final painting outside of classrooms would be done during weekend hours as would any additional work found needed as he compiles a punch list from the project.
“We’re also going to talk about possibly doing some more painting when this work is finished so that colors match in the same areas,” he said.
ServPro, the company hired by District 181 to do most of the mole-related work at HMS, finished sanding the drywall in the building March 28 and 29. Work began March 31 to install a new control system on the HVAC air handlers to allow for better temperature control and fresh air exchange. That work was slated to be finished by April 7.
Baseboard installation was completed by mid-day April 2, which allows time for the odor of the adhesive to dissipate before school resumes.
“I’ve been really pleased with the paint they’ve been using; I really don’t even smell it,” Mushrush said. “They have been extra careful to control the dust, too.”
Mushrush said District 181 custodians and ServPro staff would continue cleaning throughout spring break, using a very mild cleaning product.
Temporary downspouts have been connected to the HMS roof to replace seven other temporary and permanent downspouts that were damaged due to the deep freeze this winter.
The district is seeking cost quotes for an improved fire sprinkler system drainage, which should prevent any water from remaining in the system and freezing in the pipes. The system is intended to be “dry” on the second and third floor, meaning that water is designed to enter the sprinkler system only if needed.