School board prepares to find design partner for $ 150 million master plan projects

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The Park City School Board is closing in on a $ 150 million proposal to fund major facility upgrades, asking staff to begin the designer selection process.

The board met on Tuesday afternoon and heard another presentation from Dave Hart of MOCA, an architecture and design firm the board hired to guide the process. The board accepted Hart’s previous guidelines and added 10% to the cost estimates for construction projects, which include new construction and renovations at every school in the district and the demolition of Treasure Mountain Junior High. Hart advised the board to add 10% to account for unforeseen expenses, and the board agreed. With this, the price of a bond would exceed $ 150 million if the board decided to finance the full cost of the work by this method. The board also said it could explore other financing options rather than asking voters to approve the full amount through a bond measure.

The estimate, provided by brokerage firm Stifel, includes project costs for the new construction and renovation of Park City High School, Ecker Hill Middle and Parley’s Park, McPolin, Jeremy Ranch and Trailside elementary schools. The projects would expand Park City High School to accommodate ninth grade, Ecker Hill Middle School to accommodate eighth grade, and create additions to the four elementary schools for preschool programs and other services.

As in previous discussions, board members stressed that disruption to students and staff during construction should be kept to a minimum. Hart said the disruption can be minimized but cannot be entirely avoided. He said the on-site demolition, the arrival and departure of trucks and the cutting of materials would all make noise, which will need to be mitigated. In addition, new routes will need to be designed to get buses and personal vehicles in and out of schools safely and efficiently, as in many cases new construction will be carried out on existing parking lots and passageways. Construction crews will also need their own entry and exit points.

Hart said they will have to think about how best to enclose student construction, not only outside of schools, but inside; as the plans for all sites include the addition of additional structures, there would be areas where the school is in session while construction is taking place elsewhere inside the building.

The loss of usable space during construction would also require the installation of temporary learning facilities such as trailers or portable classrooms.

These are all considerations that need to be made as the board moves forward through the process, Hart said.

At the end of the discussion, the board advised staff to issue qualification requests to potential designers. The next step will be to create a short list of builders and then solicit requests for proposals from each.

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