Progress at the new Downing

A little bit of rain hasn’t stopped the Korsmo Construction crew at the new Downing Elementary School. The fall season is here, and the new Downing Elementary School is 100 percent dried-in meaning the building shell is complete keeping out rain or wind so that work can begin indoors without those materials suffering weather damage.

Workers continue to hammer away installing roof shingles, the exterior air and water barrier and interior walls for the new structure.

The building’s interior metal stud wall framing is complete in the Boys and Girls Club, administration and cafeteria areas.

This week, the team continues mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire and HVAC duct work rough-ins throughout all areas.

Downing site


Pedestrian safety and street improvements
Right-of-way improvements are ongoing on N. 23rd, N. 24th, N. 25th, N. 26th and Villard streets with the installation of ADA ramps, curb and gutter replacements, grading, striping and asphalt paving.

Work continues on the site from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

street improvements

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