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The Board Construction Steering Committee met on June 6, 2014. The following items were discussed:
Retaining Existing Gyms at Old CYJHS Site
Representatives of RB+B Architects were in attendance to brief committee members on the estimate sheet they provided showing the “least cost” option for keeping the auxiliary and main gyms at the old CYJHS site. RB+B looked through several options and determined it would be most cost effective to save the two gyms, but not the locker rooms.
Summary of updates explained by RB+B:
Superintendent Steve Hopkins then updated committee members of his recent conversations with the state of Wyoming. These conversations centered around three scenarios regarding the CYJHS gyms.
Hopkins told the committee members that the state will demolish the gyms at no cost, but as far as they see it, the swing space issue for NCHS has already been resolved with the construction of the SFAC. The state also told NCSD they could not foresee a scenario where they would pay to demolish the buildings in the future.
(In a separate issue mentioned at this time, Hopkins did say the state agreed to pay to make the existing KWHS pool a standalone pool during demolition of the rest of the building, because the pool is connected to the scope of the main project.)
Hopkins told the committee he has and will continue to talk with NCHS regarding the need for more gym practice space, or if they would rather those funds be used for a different priority. Other options for possible gym space include rented space, or possibly busing students to Poison Spider School’s gym. Hopkins and Dennis Bay, NCSD’s Executive Director of Business Services, will bring options soon regarding other gym space options.
After the options discussion, Dave Applegate asked RB+B to provide a revised estimate that would make the gyms functional simply as swing space for a 4-year time period. RB+B said they can provide a more stripped down estimate by Friday, June 13.
Before the RB+B architects left, they informed the committee that work is progressing well at KWHS, and that a signed guaranteed maximum price (GMP) agreement is imminent.
Update on NCHS Theatre Renovation and Estimated Costs
At the previous Construction Steering Committee meeting Bay informed the members that as a result of renovations being made to NCHS’s auditorium, patron capacity will decrease from 1,200 to approximately 835. The reduction in capacity is due to the need to renovate the seating to meet code, to add legroom, and to meet ADA standards. Bay told committee members that it’s important to remember that the state has agreed to pay for a high school theater, not a professional performance venue.
On June 6, Bay told the committee that the situation continues to evolve. As it was designed the estimated cost to renovate just the auditorium equipment is $1.2-$1.3 million. Bay said the state told NCSD at the 65% Value Engineering milepost that they will only fund auditorium renovations up to $750,000. Currently NCSD is waiting on a document from the state that will increase the funding by a few thousand dollars – but the situation does not have a final result in sight.
Committee members discussed the state choosing certain aspects of the budget to pore over and analyze – saying other projects have not received this type of scrutiny. Committee members discussed the validity of having a higher budget for the NCHS auditorium, saying the theater is a larger space than any other theater spaces in the state, and because it is a historical building being renovated.
The next Construction Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for June 20 where Bay will present prioritized security and safety improvements and also prioritized CAPS equipment lists.