Alcoa Public Building Authority approves $33.4M for new high school
By Matthew Stewart | (email@example.com)
The Alcoa Public Building Authority has authorized $33.4 million for the new Alcoa High School.
During Wednesday’s meeting, PBA members evaluated historical project estimates. The new Alcoa High School was estimated to cost $35,606,150 on June 12, 2012, and estimated to cost $34,409,635 on Aug. 31, 2012.
The project team recently approved $429,056 worth of value engineering changes, said Barry Brooke, executive vice president of commercial development for property development and management firm Lawler-Wood. The company is serving as Alcoa City Schools’ project representative.
School officials have approved 19 changes, such as:
• deleting a prime coat from its paving specifications;
• in-house rail fabrication;
• installing high-density polyethylene piping in lieu of Aquatherm piping systems;
• revising piping per specifications and codes;
• and using aluminum conductors on service feeders larger than 200 amps.
Officials also bid the project with an auxiliary gym option, Brooke said.
The auxiliary gym and changing rooms are estimated to cost $1,324,183, bringing the project’s total to $33,448,404.
“From the city’s standpoint, we’re comfortable with the price,” said City Manager Mark Johnson. If Alcoa City Schools built the auxiliary gym after the school opened, it would incur a greater cost.
PBA members later authorized Executive Director Tom Shamblin to execute a contract with Merit Construction that won’t exceed $26,591,169. The contract is subject to the city attorney’s approval.
The seven-member board also authorized Shamblin to spend no more than $33,448,404 on the entire project. The executive director won’t bring the project budget back unless he exceeds that amount.
Alcoa City Commission previously authorized a land purchase agreement that will pay $235,000 for 53 acres of ALCOA property for the new Alcoa High School. The separate contracts concern 25 acres southwest of the current high school’s location and 28 acres in the Lake Louise area, a former waste disposal site.
City officials, ALCOA and Chattanooga-based developers Kinsey Probasco Hays held lengthy negotiations regarding the school site’s acquisition. Kinsey Probasco Hays owns the former ALCOA West Plant site, a 375-acre property bounded by Hall Road, Alcoa Highway, Hunt Road, Mills Street and Faraday Street.
Officials previously outlined three development phases for the new Alcoa High School, which is expected to be completed in late May/early June 2015 for its opening in July 2015. The project’s first phase was the school, parking lots and roadwork, and the second phase was the auxiliary gym. The third phase will be football stadium renovations.
In 2015-16, Alcoa City Schools will starting operating four schools. The district will:
• Open Alcoa Primary School, which will serve pre-K-2, in the current Alcoa Elementary School;
• Open Alcoa Intermediate School, which will serve grades 3-5, in the current Alcoa Middle School;
• Open Alcoa Middle School, which will serve grades 6-8, in the current Alcoa High School.