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Work begins on Holtville High School's new science building

January 11, 2002|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The new science building for Holtville High School will soon be a reality.

Fencing and a construction trailer have been put up at the site on west Seventh Street on the south side of the high school. Next week equipment will be moved to the site.

TSI/Tenant Space Inc. of Brawley won the bid for the construction of the nearly $1 million science building.

Cecil Atkins, division manager of the company's public works division, has predicted the building will be completed three months from the start of construction. TSI is looking at a completion date at the end of April.

"Most of the subcontractors are local and we are blessed with very good subs," Atkins said.

Two-thirds of the funding for the building was received by the district in the form of a grant from the state Office of Public School Construction. The remaining third, or $330,477, will come from the district's general fund.

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TSI, a family-owned business, was founded in 1975. The company has been doing business around the county for more than 10 years.

In addition to renovating schools in Brawley, the company completely renovated the historic Hotel De Anza in Calexico and the San Marcos Hotel in Yuma. This is its first project in Holtville.

"We are very pleased to be doing the first job in Holtville," Atkins said. "We hope to be bidding and be successful in future jobs they have coming up in the next two years."

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