Mingo Central High School (MCHS) is my first project in the construction industry. It has been quite the experience. The MCHS site is located 1,940 feet up the mountain on one of the strip mine project that is part of the PPP project, the King Coal Highway. MCHS is a forty-acre site (of a total 80+ acres donated to the Mingo County School system for the new high school) of nothing but fine dust and rocks that Don Bradley and I get to come to every working day. Because the site is on a strip mine, there are no trees around to stop the wind, and being up at 1,940 feet, trust me when I say it blows, it blows. On average, the wind blows about 10-15 mph. Some days it can get up to 20-25 mph. Even though the wind never stops, the project keeps on trucking. The project started in July 2009, and we have come a long way since then. If anyone wants a glimpse of the progress, click here: http://www.mcsconstructionwv.com/project-details/schools-mingo.php. The project site even has a mascot lurking around. Sometime in October, we noticed that most of the site trash was getting scattered. One of the contractors set out a trail camera and we got a picture of a huge black bear behind our office trailers. It appeared to be about 5 feet in height and looked to weigh between 400-500 pounds. Keep checking out the website each month for updated progress pictures.
–By Jason Shantie