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Building Through the Chill: Insights into Winter Construction Challenges and Triumphs

2022 Bond Projects

In this Bond Projects Update, you will get to see the impressive progress that is under way at the Early Childhood Center. You will also get a sneak peek at preliminary drawings of the new high school tennis courts. Lastly, a special shout-out goes to our dedicated construction partners who show up and battle the elements all year long to keep projects moving forward. Thank you!

Early Childhood Center

Now that the underground plumbing, electrical and utilities are almost complete for Unit A, crews have been busy backfilling all foundation walls and working on the mechanical pad. The big news for Unit B is that the building inspection of the rebar and vapor barrier passed last week, and crews poured the new concrete slab on Monday. It turned out great!

High School Tennis Courts

According to PPHS Boys Tennis Coach Matthew Baleja, “The tennis teams are most excited about having eight fresh, new courts with perfect surfaces where no cracks will impede the bounce on the court or be dangerous to play. Once the courts are up and running, we should have no problem hosting all our quads and most Wolverine Conference and MHSAA Regional Tournaments.”

Community anticipation is building as plans move ahead with construction of the new tennis complex at Paw Paw High School. The eight new asphalt outdoor courts will replace the current courts.

The new layout will encourage movement throughout the complex, and enhancements will include:

  • All courts will have viewing sections that are ADA-accessible. Additionally, the flow of the courts has been redesigned to allow coaches better access to players and will offer spectators more options for viewing matches.

  • The new court layouts and sizing will meet United States Tennis Association (USTA) criteria and allow for increased future use of the courts.

  • A new two-sided hitting wall will be installed outside the court area, allowing players to practice during matches. 

Over the years, as seen in these photos, numerous patches and repairs have been made to the current asphalt tennis courts, which were built in 1997. While the current tennis courts are far from perfect, they have outlived their expected life span. This project is scheduled to begin this spring and wrap up in fall of this year.

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