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Upgrades: New Enis Adams Primary to be ready by 2019

Enis Adams Primary School was demolished and is being rebuilt. (Photo by BVI News)

Second District Representative, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull said work on the brand new Enis Adams Primary School is scheduled to be completed for the 2019 academic year.

The school’s infrastructure was compromised by two category 5 hurricanes last September.

“The project is underway [and] the plan is to have the school ready for the 2019 school year,” Turnbull told BVI News yesterday.

Turnbull said the old school structure has been demolished and proposed plans are being fine-tuned with input from stakeholders of the educational facility.

“The previous structure was one floor, this one in the proposed plan will be two floors with extra classrooms,” he said.

He said based on the plan, there will be a total of seven classrooms with two washrooms, laboratories, as well as a classroom for children with autism and special needs.

Rooms that will be used for lecture purposes, an auditorium, play space, and a meeting hall is also included in the plan.

“It is a dramatic change,” Turnbull said.

Kudos to Haycraft 

The Second District Representative said he does not know the overall cost to build the new educational facility.

However, he sang praises of founder and former majority owner of Road Town Wholesale Peter Haycraft, who donated $1 million towards the rebuilding of the educational facility.

“To me, it is a generous outpouring of generosity from the Haycraft family. I am eternally grateful to them for the pledge.”

Turnbull said the former one-story school structure was built more than 30 years ago.

Site where the new Enis Adams Primary School will be rebuilt

Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull

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  1. Visitor says:

    It could be much faster!
    Has anyone ever thought about using prefab Modules?
    If the gov would think about this possibility to use the local industry just for work to be done on site and foreign industries for delivering such modules it would save a lot of time.
    This school could be established within 4 month in same or better quality for less money.
    When you use assembly lines for prefab modules like in the US or EU in container size it´s possibel to fabricate these in less than 3 month. In this time the groundwork can be finished and the modules are installed within 3 weeks.
    Because of this you can save time and money.
    Think out of the box – it´s useful for everybody.

  2. Well Sah says:

    Then if a category 4 or 5 hurricane comes again…lord forbid, that prefab is gone with the wind!!! Thanks for the suggestion but no thanks. We need a structually safe building. That will stand the test of time.

  3. Hmmm says:

    This is short sited thinking. Just a quick fix. Faster, cheaper but not better or safe. Another hurricane season and you are back to square one with thst prefab. Sorry but your out of the box thinking is not suitable in this case. Go and come again.

  4. Ahhh My BVI says:

    It is a beautiful and encouraging sight to see that big old tree in the school yard coming back to life with leaves. I hope the construction crew takes extra precaution to NOT damage its bark. You don’t want it exposed to disease that might cause it to die.

    The tree bark protects the integrity of the tree just as our skin protects the integrity of the flesh underneath.

  5. Hmmmmmm!! says:

    prefab yuh say lol

  6. Concern citizen says:

    @ visitor, prefab my foot. We live in a hurricane prone zone area. We need very strong steel and concrete buildings.
    Thank you.

    • Visitor says:

      Please inform yourselves.
      On the market excists also study steel frame containers you can not keep apart from conventionally build haouses.
      I do not speak about wooden sheds.

  7. Visitor says:

    Just look at Wikipedia “Shipping container architecture”

  8. John says:

    Can we have these school build with junior high classes

  9. .... says:

    This’s school can now be used for a hurricane shelter

  10. Visitor says:

    I guess you visited above mentioned Wikipedia link.
    The pic shows a German bank built out of these containers I recommended.
    Schools can be delivered in unlimitef length and width up to 3 stories height with stairwells inside or outside.
    The usual length is about 20 feet – enough for the width of a classroom. To build classrooms of any length the walls between are omitted.
    It will be delivered fully finished with floors, doors, windows, aircon, ceiling, painting, washrooms, supply lines etc.
    The delivery time after order is about 3 month. the shipping to bvi about 2 weeks.
    The installation on site are some days.
    You also save a lot of time and money because only strip foundations are needed.
    If the steel frames are welded to the ground hurricanes are not a problem.

  11. Sam the man says:

    why prefabricated quality buildings when the government can appoint their chosen friends and make some money when they compromise the quality and deliver expensive sub standard builds as usual!…as if you didn’t realize how it works here…

  12. Visitor says:

    A fundamental aspect is that there are only limited production capacities in the BVI and these are blocked with “a few projects” because of work capacity is limited. In order to ensure a rapid restoration of the infrastructure, foreign resources must be used, even if this increases the necessary expenditure in the short term. Overall, however, this effect is compensated by a faster recovery of the economy, which is largely dependent on tourism, and will lower overall investment costs. To include foreign capacities means easier coordination of local workforce, using foreign know how and production lines and negotiation lower fixed prices for imported goods. Due to the earlier recovery of the economy the fiscal consolidation will be shorter.

  13. Retired says:

    Wow all these comments and no one thanked the donor, Peter Haycraft, for his financial support of this schools reincarnation. Therefore on behalf of Irma survivors we thank you for your major contribution to this project.

    Mr. Haycraft has been involved in the construction of many buildings in the BVI that survived Irma with no or little damage so perhaps he should be invited participate in the construction decisions.

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