Ruth Attig, a special education classroom aide at Murphysboro Middle School, in Tennessee went to the school first on Friday to observe employees of Phoenix Modular Elevator and Fager-McGee Commercial Construction put in a new lift at the faculty.
"I just wanted to see them take action if I have to use the lifts this calendar year," Attig stated.
Attig, who's been employed in the district for 31 decades and been at the middle school since 1993, have been stuck in the older elevator with a student many times.
Allison Allgaier, president of Phoenix Modular Elevator, said the lift has been constructed in Mount Vernon. The rotating shaft and elevator parts are prefabricated.
"We create them there and ship them all over the country and Canada. That one is in our own garden," Allgaier explained.
Often, elevators made by Phoenix Modular are all installed on the exterior buildings. The elevator at the school is entirely in the construction.
Lynndi Kesler, sales manager at Phoenix Modular Elevator, said that the elevator was assembled of tube steel along with standard dry wall. It weighs approximately 25,000 pounds.
"It is built no different compared to a stick-built elevator," stated John Holmes, quality control manager.
The rotating shaft and lift assembly has been loaded onto a flat bed truck and brought to Murphysboro Friday morning.
Considering rain storms were expected Thursday eveningresearchers from Fager-McGee cut the gap in the faculty ceiling Friday morning, according to Yeyo Granados, vice president of construction to Fager-McGee. They sent a rep to Phoenix Modular Elevator earlier in the week to take dimensions of this elevator. (The remaining openings for the shaft were cut before.)
After the truck with all the elevator arrived, two cranes picked the assembly, turned it vertical and sat down it on a lawn while straps against the more compact crane were removed. The more expensive crane picked up the elevator and gradually lower it through three floors.
The hydraulics and electric wiring will be installed, and then the lift will be analyzed and inspected.
"We're only happy the rain stopped," Allgaier said.
Tennessee said working using Phoenix Modular Elevator saved the district much more than with the elevator constructed onsite. The original estimate for replacing the older elevator was $500,000. Total cost for your own elevator that's being installed is just a lot more than $300,000.
"That is a high-tech job for this particular area," Granados said.
The project read more had been funded with the county centers sales tax, a county ballot initiative which passed in November 20-16.
"The wonderful thing about here is the sales tax belongs to local organizations," Grode stated.
Along with Mount Vernon-based Phoenix Modular Elevator, Fager-McGee is located in Murphysboro.
Grode said the faculty office also is being transferred through summertime renovations. The new lift and front door will both open into any office, improving security at your school.
What is going to happen to the older lift? Grode said it will likely soon be welded shut after the brand new elevator is usable.
Murphysboro Middle School is located at 21 25 Spruce St.