One hundred and ten labourers and staff, many of whom have never ventured beyond the boundaries of Pokoinu, gathered at the National Auditorium dome to enjoy local food and entertainment.
For most of the workers who will be reuniting with their families next month, the timing of this token of appreciation was fitting. CIIC chief executive Tamarii Tutangata said it was an opportunity to show gratitude for the work they have accomplished despite trying circumstances.
The project has evolved significantly since construction began in May this year, and despite delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions in the past month, CCECC continued to make progress. Work continued throughout the Christmas and Boxing Day break to avoid any further delays to the programme.
Construction of a concrete and timber paling fence along the school’s boundary is 95 per cent complete. Remaining work will be carried out once the classrooms on the southern field are relocated. The structure will protect occupants of the school from traffic along Tapatea road, which is currently closed to traffic. Roof flashings are being fixed to the roofs of the senior and main buildings.
Installation of all roofing materials is expected to reach completion early next month.
In the meantime, interior finishing work is progressing steadily. Grinding and polishing work to the concrete floors within the “learning communities” and main thoroughfare is being carried out by a local contractor.
Floors within the senior building are complete and floors within the main building are 90 per cent complete. Most the walls have been plastered and electrical fixtures have been put into place. Window frames have been installed, with doors and glass panels to follow.
Last week, some of the furniture that supports flexible learning and teaching opportunities were received. Teacher storage units fabricated by Prestige Furnishings are ready for installation and fabrication of stainless steel units for the Food Technology room will begin next month. Also scheduled to reach Rarotonga early next month is a large supply of soft and colourful furniture from a company known as “Class*”.
The old classrooms that served as sleeping quarters for CCECC’s labourers throughout the year were dismantled by CIIC last week. For the remainder of the construction period, labourers will be housed in the Pokoinu Hall and temporary classrooms on the Avatea field.
These living arrangements will enable CCECC to demolish the old classrooms and begin work to convert the area into staff parking.
For regular updates of the rebuild, the public is encouraged to visit and ‘like’ the project’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ANrebuild/).