SANTA ROSA BEACH — The construction of Dune Lakes Elementary is coming along well, according to a presentation at Tuesday’s Walton County School Board meeting.

The $35 million project is in the “bottom of the eighth inning,” Director of Facilities Mark Gardner told board members.

John Daum with Childers Construction, the company in charge of building the school, presented the board with the progress his team has made in recent months and what is left to be done.

“The picture we have on the cover is getting closer to what we actually have out there,” Daum said of the rendering of what the school is expected to look like once complete.

According to Daum, finishing touches are being made to the interior so they can close the doors. Ceiling grids, lighting and ductwork is in place, and the air will start being conditioned.

All 92 classrooms have their own bathrooms, where the crew will soon start laying tile. Cabinets and countertops have been installed and sinks will be put in next, Daum said.

Drywall is put up and windows have been installed in the media center. Within the next couple weeks drywall and windows will be put in place in the cafeteria, and crews will start constructing the teacher dining area.

On the exterior, wall panels have been installed and painted on the east side. Next week, concrete for courtyards, sidewalks and the south parking lot will be poured. Lights and flag poles are installed, and stucco on the building’s towers has been set.