Contaminated soil has placed a construction project at Connecticut's Greenwich High School well over budget. As a result, major remediation efforts will be required for the project to be completed.
According to an article in online publication Greenwich Time, a music instruction space and auditorium is planned for the high school. However, the discovery of soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls during the initial construction phase has caused some financial backers to consider the project impractical, due to the newly discovered expenses.
On May 14, supporters of the project did receive some good news, as Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members voted to preserve $12 million in funding for the project. There was initially some question as to how the RTM would vote, as the discovery of the contaminated soil led some members to join the side of those questioning the project's merit.
However, the RTM will provide $12 million to the building committee, although the committee is not out of the woods yet. According to the news source, the project is estimated to now cost $37 million, up from the initial $31 million, thanks to the need for soil remediation.
Nearly every student and faculty member is in favor of this construction, especially those in the music department. Patricia Harris, Greenwich High School orchestra director, urged decision makers to understand the importance of developing a proper location for students to learn and perform music.
"If we don't do this now, when?" Harris said. "I love these kids. I love music. It's time for us to acknowledge that."
While most people won't argue that position, the deciding factor is still expected to come down to how much the soil remediation project will cost. Using innovative remediation solutions may cut down expenses, ensuring that all parties see their desired result.