Pogue Construction is installing roofing for the newly named Jane Ruestmann Elementary school.

Argyle ISD Construction Manager Jeff Koehn presented updates for the project to the board of trustees Dec. 18.

The backstory

Jane Ruestmann Elementary will be located in the Harvest by Hillwood community near I-35W. The project was approved in a 2022 bond package to meet the district’s 10-year strategic growth plan. It will house prekindergarten through fifth grade.

The campus will be on the corner of 17th Street and Cleveland Gibbs Road. Land for the 23-acre school was donated by Hillwood.

The details

Pogue has started work on the building envelope, which includes the exterior walls, roofing, waterproofing and brick veneer. Last month, work was concentrated around the center of the classroom wing, Koehn said.

In addition to roofing, steel erection and masonry work is ongoing following updates in November, and the company has begun constructing exterior and interior framing and sheeting, Koehn said.

Overhead hangers are being built as part of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in, and once the second floor concrete is poured workers can begin installing duct work and conduit, he said.

The concrete pour for the parking lot and the entry to the school from Cleveland Gibbs Road has been completed, and Pogue has started to backfill behind the curbs with top soil, Koehn said. The target is to have the greenery planted by the spring, Koehn said.

“The plan is to start irrigation in February, so hopefully we actually hit the right time of the year for planting grass and trees,” he said.

Looking ahead

In the coming months Pogue will continue with roofing, exterior framing, brick and stone glazing, and weatherproofing, Koehn said.

“We should start seeing our window frames and glass arrive over the course of the next two months so we can get the building in the dry so we can work on Sheetrock without having to worry about weather,” he said.

Materials for mechanical units are scheduled to be delivered in February followed by the electrical switchgear in March, Koehn said.

The project is scheduled for completion in August.