An Update from the BHS/BTC Building Construction Oversight Committee (BCOC),
Greeting BSD Stakeholders,
At the BCOC’s last public meeting on December 19th, we provided a status update. You can find the minutes of this meeting and all meetings going forward on the BTC/BHS ReEnvisioning webpage, along with past presentations, our November update to the BHS community, supporting documents, and more. In the meantime, here is a brief update on where this important project stands:
- The plan presented to the public for bonding purposes was a conceptual plan based on input from the community.
- The project is currently in the second round of Schematic Design (SD). (Please refer to our flow chart from the August 2019 update.)
- The estimated cost after the first round of schematic design yielded a price tag that was $21 million dollars over the $70 million dollar budget.
- The second round of SD commenced in the fall of 2019 after the project team identified potential cost savings through design changes.
- One of the most substantial changes was the elimination of the wrap-around design. This is due to unfavorable soil conditions that were discovered during testing work which commenced after voters approved the ReEnvisioning bond.
- Initial analysis of the estimate shows that the total project cost is still well-over the $70m budget.
- The next step is for the architect to present the BCOC with recommendations to bring the project costs down to $70m.
- The BCOC will need to evaluate how the proposed changes to meet the budget will affect the project’s priority goals of improved accessibility, improved security, energy efficiency, and 21st-century learning environment.
- The BCOC has taken the month of January to finalize our Schematic Design (SD) process and cost analysis.
- The cost estimate for the second round of SD was delivered to the owner last week.
- The BCOC will, in turn, make their report and recommendations to the BSD Board.
There will be a public meeting of the Building Construction Oversight Committee on February 20th to focus on cost-saving options that have been identified. The meeting will be held in the Edmunds Middle School maker space from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and the public is encouraged to attend.