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Greenwich students return to Central Middle School after scaffolding installed

ByLinda W. Smith

Feb 22, 2022

GREENWICH — Students returned to Central Middle School on Tuesday — their first time on campus in nearly three weeks.

On Friday, February 4, with students absent due to inclement weather, the school was closed and deemed unsafe for occupation. After a technical assessment by Diversified Technology Consultants highlighted “significant structural issues,” city inspectors visited and closed the building.

DTC Greenwich Public Schools facility engineers, inspectors and staff worked during the building’s closure to develop a plan that could alleviate concerns, according to the district.

Over the next week, CMS students were split across three school sites. Last week, the whole district was on winter vacation.

To bring students back into the building, school officials had to shore up the building’s degrading wall ties. Wall ties connect the concrete block veneer to the structural interior wall so that when they rust, the exterior wall blocks can move.

Engineers came up with a plan so that if blocks were to fall, they couldn’t hurt anyone, according to the district. Last Wednesday, crews completed installing the custom scaffolding, or “sidewalk bridge,” around the gymnasium and the breezeway leading to the science building. The scaffold has a decking above that can catch all the debris and netting around it.

Last Friday, the city’s Building Inspection Division declared Central Middle School safe for occupancy, officials said, and students were able to return Tuesday.

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