Construction work progressing at Decatur’s Chestnut Grove Elementary

DECATUR, Ala. – Construction work on a primary school in Decatur continues.

Phase 1 of the renovation of Chestnut Grove Elementary School began last summer and involved replacing the heating and cooling system in the front office, along with the early stages of installing sprinklers.

Phase 2, where crews will be this summer, will include a new HVAC system and sprinkler system for the kindergarten wing and library on the south side of the building — the replacements will help ensure that portion of the building meets current fire safety codes.

On Thursday, state officials will inspect all improvements normally hidden above the ceiling tiles. On Friday, workers will begin cleaning so that the furniture can be moved back to the classrooms before the students return on August 5.

Next summer, the crews will move to Phase 3, replacing the HVAC system in the 3rd through 5th grade wing and continuing to add sprinklers to that part of the building.

The renovations are scheduled to complete in the summer of 2023 with upgrades to the auditorium, cafeteria and kitchens.

The project will cost just under $4 million, and phase 2 will cost $1.7 million.

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