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"But now we've caught up to the schedule," Stump asserts. "The
biggest struggle is the way we built the project out. It started very
quickly, but we didn't have all the approvals needed ... so people
could buy materials."
Because of this, one steel supplier was struggling to get material
on site in a timely manner. "It's just the busy time of the season
where steel is in high demand," he says.

Improving Quality

Shook Touchstone is aiming
for completion of the project
in December 2017.

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"It was built in the late '60s," Stump says, noting the older structure
had its disadvantages, including far fewer windows.
"The new building has windows everywhere," he continues, noting that each classroom will have at least three to four. "All that will
remain is [the] administrative offices and a high school gym."
The companies also have cleared forest areas for the new building
and softball diamonds. But the soil in the region presented Shook
Touchstone with challenges. "[There were] very sandy soils, but
luckily, it passed our compaction testing," he recalls.
"We didn't have to [use] any stabilization methods or any type
of reconciliation there," he continues. "We had to undercut the bad
soils and add some stone."
The new school's features include an improved HVAC system as
well as better materials. "Around the main entrance, [there is] some
trim through the brick veneer that's all in limestone," he says. "That
was an upgrade as opposed to using sandstone or cast stone."
The project team also will pour a four-inch concrete slab across
the entire site, while the classrooms will feature a mixture of both
carpet and vinyl-enhanced tile, Stump adds. "The second floor has
metal decking for concrete," he states.
"The roof will be on top of the metal deck," he continues, noting
that 95 percent of it will consist of sheet metal above a layer of
insulation. "[There is] a small porch and a flat roof which is rubber
membrane roofing."

Based in Lima, Ohio, Touchstone CPM also performs project management, cost management and project/contract administration for all
phases of construction. The company also gives input and recommendations on design decisions, bonding, insurance requirements
and the awarding of contracts to qualified bidders.
Touchstone CPM expects to take on more educational projects,
Stump says. "The majority of our work is in the schools," he declares.
"We've built dozens of schools across Ohio."
But the educational market has slowed down recently, he admits.
While it was at a faster pace a few years ago, "Now it doesn't feel like
[we build] quite as much," he says. "[The amount] of schools being
needed is getting fewer and fewer each year."
To cope, the company has branched out with medical work in
Lima, as well as fencing work for prisons and projects for wastewater
treatment plants. "We've looked into some courthouses and smaller
contracting work," he adds.

Back on Track
Shook Touchstone aims for completion on the K-12 school in
December 2017. Although the project started very quickly, the
companies lost some time when they had difficulty scheduling a
foundation contractor.

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