The completion of the District’s Facility Master Plan is very clear on the measures needed to improve Douglas High School, in correlation with what the community has indicated are their highest priorities concerning the renovations of this site. Additionally, DCSD must ensure that the many items listed within the KIDS Committee Project list are incorporated into the project.
The master plan recommendations include changing grade configuration at Douglas from 10-12 to 9-12. Additionally, planning and development of educational specifications will be necessary to bring this campus into the newly defined District standard, and it is anticipated this site will require a lengthy design process once those standards are determined.
The District conducted a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) bidding process to select a contractor to assist the district and Architect of Record in the initial design and constructability reviews. This process resulted in the selection of Turner Construction Company as the contractor for this project for Pre-Construction services.
Simultaneously, the District re-interviewed all four Architecture firms that represent the District’s Architectural Pool, to determine the best architect for this specific project. H+K Architects have been chosen as the architect to develop the design for this project.
At this time, SKW + Derickson is currently developing the Educational Specifications, as well as assisting the project team for DHS in developing a Design Option approved by the Board of Trustees on March 13, 2012. As Board approval was received, the team may now begin the intense process of designing the project and attempting to hold to the project budget, currently slated at $17,000,000 according to the Facility Master Plan.
Major goals of this project include: enlarging the Student Nutrition Program facilities to accommodate the influx of students by bringing the 9th graders back to the high school. (The intention of the site at this time is to close campus during lunch break, and serve al students from newly designed kitchen facilities.)
Additionally, improvements will be made to the following: site traffic pattern to improve traffic flow onto Highway 88; improvement of gym spaces to accommodate additional Physical Education classes and athletic events; upgrading inadequate systems such as intercom and mechanical systems; creation of permanent JROTC facilities; and the removal of all portables from classroom use; addition of classroom space to accommodate the 9th grade students, as well as modernizations to current classrooms to bring these within district standard. Also, import is being placed on creating an improved Career-Technical Education facility, to better aid students choosing not to follow a college-bound path.
It is anticipated that the design of this site’s improvement will continue through April of 2013. Turner Construction Company will be asked to present a Guaranteed Maximum Price to the Board of Trustees no later than May 2013, so that if approved, construction may begin immediately in the summer break of 2013. Construction is estimated to last approximately two years, while school continues.
Below is the Design Option as approved by the Board of Trustees in March 2012. Currently, the project team is working together to bring the design into alignment with the project budget, while addressing the required items.