White Salmon school project

Crew from LaRusso Construction from Portland smooths some of 220 cubic yards of concrete to create the floor slab at the White Salmon School District’s new multi-purpose building, underway at the east end of the Columbia High-Henkle Middle School campus. The project is the largest structure paid for by the recent district construction bond levy. Superintendent Glen Ryan of general contractor JH Kelly Construction said, “We’re a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. We were looking like we weren’t going to pour until Thanksgiving but we got lucky and got good weather in.” Local contractor Rapid Ready Mix provided the material. Erecting the steel is the next phase, and the project should be “dried in,” or enclosed, by Christmas, and crews can then start framing and other inside work, Ryan stated. “The district has been great to work with, everybody here has been great,” he said. The project requires about 1,000 yards of concrete overall, including sidewalks and curbs.