SHERWOOD – Renovation and paving projects approved by the local Fairview school board are advancing rapidly at Fairview Middle / High School.
These renovations are part of Phase I of a two-phase plan, which includes updated classrooms and other spaces, as well as an exterior paving project.
In addition, a bus garage and related outdoor site projects near Fairview Elementary School were scheduled to take place as part of the renovations this summer. However, due to a shortage of materials, this project will not begin until February 2022.
Superintendent Steve Arnold explained that the Phase I projects were underestimated and should be completed before the start of the school year on August 31.
“Areas to renovate were under discussion prior to my arrival in 2018, but serious discussions began as we tried to push through the (permanent improvement tax) in 2019,” said Arnold. “Once the tax passed, we finalized the plans and spent the last few months putting in place what was best in phase I. We were very aware of what our collections would or would not be before making a decision. .
“With interest rates as they are now, we thought it made sense to borrow money at such a low rate to complete projects now,” Arnold continued. “As of this writing, we’re pretty close to being on schedule, with a completion date the last week of August. Our initial estimate for Phase I was $ 3.5 million, but our bids were under $ 3 million, which is great considering the construction climate we find ourselves in right now.
Mel Lanzer Company of Napoleon, manages work on interior projects, which includes renovating middle and high school washrooms, sixth to eighth grade science rooms, general, physical, and life science rooms high school, and music and choir rooms.
The base bid for the project was $ 954,900, with an alternate bid of $ 36,000 for classroom furniture and an alternate bid of $ 5,990 for paint preparation. This brought the total bid to $ 997,690, about $ 500,000 below the estimated bid of $ 1.5 million.
Meanwhile, the parking projects were awarded to Napoleon’s Vernon Nagel, Inc., at a cost of $ 842,450, slightly higher than the estimate of $ 770,000.
This work includes repaving areas, as well as new paving on the east and south sides of the property. Paving to the east has essentially doubled the parking lot there, while the new asphalt field that extends to the college football and baseball fields replaces a stone field in this area to the south.
“On May 17th, we started asbestos removal in several areas inside the building, with several workers invading the music and choir rooms, as well as the toilets, to get a head start on them. “Arnold said. “When June arrived, there was a lot of demolition. The group hall bleachers have been removed and this space is ready for concrete, and the college washroom is definitely taking shape.
“There is still a lot of work to be done, a lot of preparation, but we are confident our community will be very proud of the finished product,” Arnold added.
At the time the bids were accepted, Arnold explained that there would be other work associated with the project that was not part of the bids. These works include: providing internet to the bus garage, clearing the bus garage site, installing Clever Touch educational whiteboards and asbestos removal in interior spaces. These projects are / were to be managed by the district or other contractors.
“It was a very exciting process, there are so many people to thank for making it possible, starting with our community who have supported the tax to make improvements for years to come,” said Arnold. “Our maintenance staff have been great, our general contractor has been a great partner, and our engineer has been very helpful with exterior projects, which are moving at the speed of light.
“The parking lots came together really quickly, but at the same time we’re a little disappointed that we couldn’t complete the bus garage project when we wanted,” Arnold continued. “We understand why, there is a shortage of products, but we are confident it will be done in February.”
Regarding Phase II, Arnold explained that discussions have taken place, but nothing is set in stone.
“Once these Phase I projects are completed, we’ll take a deeper look at and discuss Phase II more,” said Arnold. “Some of the Phase II discussions included upgrading the main gymnasium and reviewing the modernization of the southwest entrance to the college / high school.”