Where is the new school, Wright? By Matt Wright
So the title of this blog was a slightly facetious question from a friend the other day....
"Wright, where is the new school? Why haven't they started?"
Both of which were good questions, but I also appreciated the humor behind them. There is nothing more that this friend likes than to give me than a hard time. The feeling is mutual. These questions got me to thinking that I needed to let everyone know what is occurring and what exactly are the next steps.
Building a school is significantly different than building a house. OK, so maybe that is stating the obvious. While there have been many meetings to discuss our plans, most of these plans were done as "what-if" scenarios. The renderings that have been on display aren't blueprints. Documents as detailed as that take a lot of work and time and cost money. That couldn't be done until the millage passed.
However, we had our first meeting the day after the millage passed at 1:30 p.m. Work has officially started.
There is about a three month design period that is going to occur. The architect will design the buildings and the construction manager and the district will have periods along the way to inspect the work and make sure it is being done how we want. Next week, we have a meeting to see the progress made, so far.
After the design phase, there is a period of time that is dedicated to getting everything organized. Contracts, review periods, and bidding will take around 4 months. As I typed that, I could feel a collective sigh from all of our stakeholders....even I sighed and grumbled. However, I remind myself that we aren't building a house. That might take 6 months and deal with only one company. This will deal with numerous companies and organizations, all of whom have a lot at stake when they take on jobs such as this. There is about to be $10,000,000 exchange hands. Prudence and patience must be exercised during this time.
While it will appear that no work is taking place during the first two phases, this is when the most important work will occur. The third phase, the most visible, is construction. That phase will last as long as the first two phases combined. It is the desire of all parties involved to break ground and start construction. However, the most likely time for that to happen won't be until late April or early May. That has less to do with winter weather and more to do with review periods, design phases, bidding, etc. This is an extensive process.
Now, remember this isn't just our money. This is the state's money. They, too, will have times along with way they will inspect what is occurring.
This is a time of great excitement, but this is also going to need to be a time of extreme patience.
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