Archive for Wednesday, November 30, 1994


November 30, 1994


Priorities and timelines are beginning to gel for 1994 school bond issue projects.

The two highest priorities on a list of Lawrence school projects are building a second high school and installing air conditioning at four elementary schools and a junior high, school officials say.

The Lawrence school board wants the district to move full-speed ahead on the 24 construction, renovation and repair projects that will affect 14 existing schools.

At a study session Monday night, administrators briefed the board about how long each project would take and what steps were necessary to get hammers swinging.

"The amount of construction out there right now complicates the timing problem," warned Craig Fiegel, division director of business and facilities.

The first step is to decide which projects need architects, engineers and either a construction manager, a project manager or a general contractor. The choice between those last three will affect cost and quality control.

Board members asked administrators to work up cost numbers, interview potential candidates and make some recommendations by the next meeting, Dec. 12. Contracting services requires no bids, and board members expressed a willingness to forgo bidding for the sake of time.

Fiegel and Supt. Al Azinger divided the projects into six categories, estimated project completion dates and suggested which projects needed architects. Here is the priority list:

Second high school, $25.9 million

The goal is to open the school by the 1997-98 school year.

The board should decide how to manage the project in December, acquire the land by the end of January and break ground in May.

Following the study session, the board voted unanimously to keep on Glenn, Livingood and Penzler Architects as the firm to handle designs for the $26 million high school. The firm already had a contract with the district, having drawn preliminary designs for a high school in 1990.

HVAC projects, $3.1 million

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Six schools will get HVAC improvements: Cordley, Pinckney, West Junior High, Deerfield, Schwegler and Lawrence High.

The largest of the projects are at Cordley, Pinckney and West. Administrators recommend hiring an engineering firm to oversee all three. Cordley is the most likely to have air conditioning by fall. Pinckney and West are outside chances at best, Fiegel said. The goal is to have all three done within a year.

Units at Deerfield should be replaced in the summer, and work at Schwegler should begin by spring of 1996. Peak Street Energy, a Baldwin engineering firm, has already examined the schools.

Because crews are already on-site, the boiler at LHS should be replaced by August.

Renovations/Additions, $4.75 million

The largest projects, possibly requiring either a general contractor or construction manager, are at New York and Woodlawn schools.

Renovations at New York will include heating and air-conditioning, mechanical and electrical, library expansion, a gymnasium, and window and site improvements. The goal is to have the work completed by summer of 1996.

Woodlawn, with the same timeline, will get HVAC improvements, mechanical and electrical work, a gymnasium and site improvement.

Broken Arrow and Sunset Hill schools will get expanded library space, which should be complete by December 1996.

Wakarusa Valley gym, $500,000

Administrators recommend sticking with architect Jim Williams, who was on board for the recently completed addition. The project can begin immediately and should be done by fall.

Athletic facilities, $800,000

School officials have yet to set a timeline on track and tennis court upgrades, and soccer and baseball facilities at Holcom Sports Complex.

LHS, West and South Junior High are scheduled for track upgrades. Central Junior High, West and South are due for tennis-court upgrades.

Roof replacements, $1.25 million

Roof work at Hillcrest, Centennial and Broken Arrow schools should be complete in 1995; LHS, 1996; South, 1997; and West, 1998.

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