The new storage and restroom building at MDI High School is finished, except for the pouring of a concrete apron around the perimeter. ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

School’s restroom, storage building still not finished

BAR HARBOR — Architect Mike Sealander, who designed the combination storage and restroom building near the football stadium at Mount Desert Island High School, said last August that the target completion date for construction was Dec. 1.

In September, Principal Matt Haney told the high school’s Board of Trustees that the building likely would be finished by late November.

Now, in late April, it still isn’t finished.

The 40-by-40-foot building has storage space, primarily for athletic equipment, and restrooms for people attending sporting events.

Most of the work was completed several months ago. But a concrete apron around the building didn’t get poured before winter set in and the ground froze.

So far, the arrival of warmer temperatures has not brought a completion of the project. Meanwhile, the high school’s track and tennis teams are practicing and hosting competitions, and there are no convenient restroom facilities for athletes and spectators.

For many years, the high school has brought in port-a-potties for the fall and spring sports seasons. School officials had hoped that was a thing of the past.

But Haney said Monday that the school is asking the contractor for the storage/restroom building project to help pay for renting a few port-a-potties until the building is ready for use.

The general contractor is King Construction Services of Jonesport. King’s bid of $406,629 for the project included about $22,000 for the installation of 24 solar panels on the roof.

Those panels have been generating electricity and sending it to the grid for several months. Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, said Tuesday that, so far, the solar panels have generated about 600 kilowatts hours (KWh) of power per month.

“This will significantly increase, given that we are entering the peak window — April through October — for solar production in the northern hemisphere,” he said in an email to the Islander.

“On a peak day, we generate approximately 60-65 KWh of power through this grid-tied system.”

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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