YORK – Plans are coming together so that construction on the $12.5 million project at York High School can begin soon, perhaps as early as the day after school is out for the summer.
At least that’s the goal according to a report from Chad Beeson of DLR Group to the York School Board on Monday night.
Beeson and Steve Burgess were at the meeting to present a progress report, answer questions and hear suggestions from board members.
A bond election on the project passed by better than 2-to-1 at 1,104 in favor to 506 opposed.
Since that time Kingery Construction has been selected by the board as the construction manager at-risk for the project. At-risk means it is Kingery’s responsibility to either bring the project in on budget or stand the difference itself.
Kingery was project manager for York’s new middle school and since then was integral in major renovations and improvements at York Elementary.
Beeson said it’s hoped to release all bid specs to Kingery by June 8, however a separate bid package has been prepared for release April 25.
The work in the early package is especially well suited to getting started immediately after school dismisses.
Beeson rattled off things like painting walls, installing carpet and rough-ins, pulling down ceilings so HVAC piping can be placed and construction of the administration/storage building.
“It’s easy for us to kind of break out” those specific elements and make them “part of its own package,” Beeson explained.
One portion that can be undertaken right away without disruption is the free-standing admin/storage building on the northeast portion of the high school campus. Beeson noted that structure may be utilized as temporary classroom space next year during construction.
Eventually the administrative offices of Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas will move from the present location on north Delaware Avenue into that building.
The overall plan is to “keep construction going the best we can” in the face of much work and limited time.
Beeson said the new gymnasium building will be constructed of precast panels because they’re “very efficient and cost effective. We saw this as a good area where we can utilize precast,” he said.
In other areas where new construction must be integrated into the existing building as seamlessly as possible, precast is not the best answer.
“We want to be really efficient with this building,” he said, “efficient and functional. Not very elaborate.”
Asked if high school teachers and staff have been consulted for their suggestions, Beeson and Burgess answered in the affirmative.
Not all teachers have been contacted directly, but each department has weighed in on the design.
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