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Construction Update - May, 2019

Preliminary Project Drawings - early learning centers and new elementary school

The projects that we have been working on are as follows: new elementary school in Blue Township, College Hill Early Learning Center, Eugene Field Early Learning Center, Keith Noll Maintenance Center, Eisenhower and Anthony Middle Schools, Amanda Arnold Elementary School and Manhattan High School.

Eugene Field and College Hill Early Learning Centers

  • BG Consultants/Alloy Architects and BHS/Hutton – Clint Hibbs, Bob Faires and Patrick Schutter
  • Early Childhood Representatives – Laura Thilges, Naomi Brandenburg, Tara Rosenow, Teri Bailey-Johnson, Elisabeth Nelson, Brandy Kirk and Andy Hutchinson
  • District Administration Representatives – Eric Reid, Matt Davis and Trisha Brooke-Fruendt

We have had a couple of meetings the past couple of weeks to discuss specific programs in more depth.  One of the programs has been discussed in depth is Families Education Partners (FEP).  BG needed to understand more in depth how this program functions on a daily basis and how the FEP staff works as well.  The needs for the FEP are as follows:  community play room carpeted, used 4 mornings a week, one evening and occasionally on Saturdays; storage for all of the toys, hoteling office for the FEP staff, resource area for parents and private restrooms in the community play room. This will be replicated at both sites. The library at both schools will have a two tiered raised platform for the children to sit on during reading time.  The libraries will not be very large since the schools do not hold allot of books like your typical elementary school.  In last Friday’s meeting with meet with Infant to Toddler (IT) Director and went through the program needs for her and her staff.  IT has a lot of the same needs as FEP with the exception of a pay room.  During the meeting on Friday we went over the overall layout of the revised version of the building.  Some square footage needed to be cut out for budget purposes on both buildings.  Approval was given by the Director and Principal for the two locations on overall layout and classroom sizes.  This now helps the design team move forward with deign development plans.  A site package would be the desire to bid out early to start in July.

New Elementary School in Blue Township

  • BG Consultants/Alloy Architects and BHS/Hutton – Clint Hibbs, Bob Faires, Spencer Levin, Patrick Schutter
  • Elementary Representatives – Courtney Smith, Debra Schapaugh, Elise Wall, Heather Augustine, Kira Pearce, Miranda Robinson, Scott Snyder
  • District Administration Representatives - Eric Reid, Matt Davis and Trisha Brooke-Fruendt, Darell Edie, Dave Colburn, Karla Hagemeister, Lacee Sell, Lew Faust, Lucas Shivers, Marvin Wade, Mike Ribble, Debora Howser

The group has not meet for a couple of weeks.  However, the design team continues to work on refining the spaces and working on the exterior of the building.  They are currently working on the entrances and exit areas of the building.  The want to make sure that there is enough overhang of the building for protection, shade as well to make a statement.

Amanda Arnold Elementary School

  • BG Consultants/Alloy Architects and BHS/Hutton – Clint Hibbs, Bob Faires, Spencer Levin, Patrick Schutter
  • Amanda Arnold Team – Kathy Stitt, Shirley Vogts, Craig Babcock and Tricia Dunning
  • District Administration Representatives - Eric Reid, Matt Davis and Trisha Brooke-Fruendt

Our first meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  The design team wants to go over the layout of the new parking area.  There is really only one place to put the parking at Amanda Arnold and that is to extend the existing parking on the south side further west.  The city has seen this plan is ok with the location as well as the fire department since AA has a fire lane behind the building.  They will gain about 32 parking spaces.

Manhattan High School

  • Gould Evans and McCown Gordon Construction – Adam Sterns, Whitney Lange, Tucker Peddicord
  • MHS West – Michael Dorst, Adam O’Neill, Chelsea Barten, David Holloway, Karyn Sullivan, Kristy Nyp, Lena Gruenbacher, Lisa Heller, Mike Marsh
  • District Administration Representatives – Eric Reid, Matt Davis, Mike Ribble, Karla Hagemeister and Trisha Brooke-Fruendt

Due to the complexity of the addition of this project and moving the 9th grades up to the west campus, this project will have two committees.  There will be one committee that will be called the Level 3.  This committee is listed above and will be the global thinkers for the building and project.  These folks will be asked to think broadly and long term for Manhattan High School.  The second committee will be Level 4.  We will have our first Level 3 meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2019, to kick off the project with this group.

Keith Noll Maintenance Center

  • Gould Evans and McCown Gordon Construction – Adam Sterns, Tucker Peddicord
  • Keith Noll Maintenance Center – Matt Davis
  • District Administration Representatives – Eric Reid, Matt Davis and Trisha Brooke-Fruendt

As I previously discussed at the last board meeting, plans are being put together to tear down Keith Noll Maintenance Center (KNMC) and Strong.  Timeline estimates are that we try and put out an early metal building package in August or September.  We will then bid the rest of the project in October 2019.  Construction should last about 7-8 months.  The plan is that the folks that will be displaced by the demolition will be housed in temporary job trailers.  As a reminder there is $960k of dedicated bond money for KNMC and the rest will be made up with capital outlay dollars.  Attached you will find a layout of the proposed new building.

Eisenhower and Anthony Middle Schools

  • BG Consultants/Alloy Architects and McCown Gordon Construction – Clint Hibbs, Barry Schmidt, Jeff Sherrard, Charlie Ochs, Tucker Peddicord, Bob Faires, Craig Lofton
  • Middle School Principals and Assistants –Vickie Kline, Tracy Newell
  • Teacher Representatives - TBA
  • District Administration Representatives - Eric Reid, Matt Davis and Trisha Brooke-Fruendt

The last meeting that we had unfortunately the principals could not make the meeting.  However, they send teachers and counselor as representatives from both buildings to represent and comment on the layouts that were being presented.  This meeting was to show moving the administration area out of the middle of the building to the outside edge of the building; switching the library with the administration area.  By doing this switch this would allow for a better way to have a secured entrance.  The group talked about each of the office spaces as well as ISS.  There was very good feedback from the school representative.  The design team needed to go back and rethink how some of the office are laid out and the proximity of one office to another office.  The next meeting will be on May 15, 2019.