Friday, February 14, 2014

District moves ahead with construction projects

Plans advance for work at WRMS, Woodside and Hemingway

Express Staff Writer

Students at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum enjoy a lunch break on Thursday. Construction to expand the size of the cafeteria is planned for this summer. Photo by Roland Lane

    The Blaine County School District board of trustees on Tuesday approved selection of design/build teams or engineering services for three school construction projects planned for this summer.
    Final approval of the construction plans for Wood River Middle School, Woodside Elementary School and Hemingway Elementary School will not take place until final budgets are submitted and contracts approved, which will likely take place in March.
    In approving the teams or engineer for the projects, the school board followed the recommendations of district Business Manager Mike Chatterton and selection committees composed of trustees and district administrators.

Middle School

    Work at the middle school has been scaled back from earlier plans, when the district considered expanding the cafeteria and gymnasium. Instead, work this summer will only involve installation of two energy-recovery ventilator systems to improve air quality in two wings of the building.
    Since the work does not involve new building construction, the district opted to hire an engineer for design and to do the work in-house.
    Selected for engineering services was Brian Formusa Engineering of Hailey. Two Boise firms also submitted proposals for the work.
    “The fact that Brian is already familiar with the existing system, lives here in Hailey and is available to monitor the progress locally instead of traveling from Boise are the major reasons for recommending Mr. Formusa for the project,” Chatterton said at Tuesday’s meeting.
    In an interview Wednesday, Chatterton said the work is expected to cost about $200,000.

Woodside Elementary

    Work at Woodside Elementary will involve a remodel to build two new classrooms for the district’s Dual Immersion Program, which for district grades K-5 will mainly be located at Woodside next fall as a magnet school for two-language, English and Spanish, studies.
    Approved as a design/build team was Conrad Brothers Construction, of Hailey, as the builder and Bellevue architect Jolyon Sawrey for design.
    The team submitted a proposed construction cost of $185,188. Chatterton said Wednesday that the proposed amount is a maximum price that can be charged for the work and that a final budget will have to be approved by the school board.

Hemingway Elementary

    The work at Hemingway involves expanding the cafeteria by 1,100 square feet and building a 700-square-foot storage area off of the gymnasium.
    The Conrad Brothers/Jolyon Sawrey team was also selected as the design/build team for the Hemingway work. The maximum proposed construction price was proposed by the team at $755,186. As with the Woodside work, the final budget for the Hemingway work will have to be approved by the school board.

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