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Demolition of Hagerstown's Pangborn Elementary begins

Razing of 53-year-old building clears way for bus loop, playing fields for new school nearby

Razing of 53-year-old building clears way for bus loop, playing fields for new school nearby

July 22, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Demolition of Pangborn Elementary School began Monday, making way for a bus loop and ball fields for students who will attend a new school south of the old building.

Project Manager Traci Coldsmith said the demolition work is expected to take two to three weeks. Crews are using a 33-ton Track Hoe to complete the work, and bulldozers and dump trucks are being used to remove the debris.

The construction manager SPN Inc. is overseeing more than 30 firms working on the new school construction and demolition of the old school.

The new Pangborn Elementary will open for students in August, along with a new Maugansville Elementary and Rockland Woods Elementary, which is south of Hagerstown in the Westfields housing development.

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The new Pangborn is expected to cost about $23 million and span 18 acres. The 85,336-square-foot building is about twice the size of the existing building and will have capacity for 745 students.

Coldsmith said crews are first destroying the south side of the old Pangborn, which was built in 1955, so work can begin on the school's bus loop. The loop, used for student drop-off and pickup, is expected to be complete by the first day of school for students, which is Aug. 20.

The new school is substantially complete. The school's principal and other administrators are already working in the school's office.

About 1,000 bricks are being taken from the old school building during demolition, Coldsmith said. Those bricks will be used at one of the school's playground facilities, and some will be given to the school's PTA for distribution.

Rockland Woods was expected to be substantially complete by July 8, and finished by Aug. 8, Michael Whiteley, project manager, has said.

The 84,900-square-foot building will have capacity for 745 students. About $22.7 million was budgeted for the project.

Maugansville Elementary was expected to be substantially complete by July 11, and finished by Aug. 11. The demolition of the old Maugansville Elementary School building will begin at least by the first of September to make way for an access road to the new school.

A paved temporary access road will be used to get to the school until the permanent road is constructed. That road will run through the current Maugansville Elementary School.

The $21 million Maugansville Elementary will sit on 20.5 acres and have capacity for 735 students. The 91,500-square-foot building is more than twice the size of the existing 38,161-square-foot building.

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