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Monday, June 8, 2015
The construction bids for Madison Elementary School and Caroline High School have been received. The results will be presented to the CIP Committee on Monday afternoon, June 8, 2015. The CIP Committee will make recommendations for both projects at the School Board Meeting on Monday evening, June 8, 2015. Construction on both projects is expected to begin this summer.
Thursday, April 17, 2015
There are currently 11 General Contractors that are considering submitting a bid for the construction at Madison Elementary School. There will be a non-mandatory Pre-Bid meeting at Madison on Thursday, April 23, 2015 for interested contractors to see the area of proposed construction. OWPR, Inc has been in direct contact with the reviewer from DEQ to finalize the revised calculations that validate the storm water drainage design. These will be submitted, via addendum, this week.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
At the March 31, 2015, Caroline County School Board Meeting, the members voted to advertise Madison Elementary School and Caroline High School for construction bids. The advertisements will be in the following three local newspapers on April 2, 2015:
Free Lance Star
Richmond Times and Dispatch
The School Board’s approval to proceed with advertisement for bids followed a recommendation made earlier in the day by the Caroline CIP Committee to issue the final plans and specifications to contractors for bidding. The CIP Committee met on March 31, 2015, prior to the scheduled School Board meeting and reviewed the status of final reviews by DEQ for both projects. Since DEQ review and approval for both projects appears to be in the final stages, the CIP Committee agreed that it is the right time to proceed with bidding for the projects. Representatives from the School Board and school division, citizens, and the County Building Official were in attendance.
It is expected that construction will begin on both projects this summer.
During the 24 months of anticipated construction, Caroline High School will receive a new roof, new windows, new HVAC, new electrical, new lighting, and restroom and locker renovations. New additions will include a new 2,000 seat gymnasium with team locker rooms, public restrooms, entrance lobby, and concessions area. The new addition across the front of the school will include a new central main entrance and lobby, new secure administration and guidance areas and a new media center that can be accessible to the public after hours. The CTE area is designed to be expanded for a new nursing program, sports medicine program, robotics program, and an expanded culinary arts program.
At Madison Elementary, where construction is expected to be completed in a year, a new secure school entrance and administration area will provide a new look for the school. Also included in this addition are two additional computer labs, a new media center, and four new kindergarten classrooms as well as additional restrooms. The new addition will connect to three separate classroom wings and will incorporate ramps and vertical chair lifts to make the entire building ADA accessible.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Update on the Status of the Capital Improvement Project
The construction documents have been submitted to all government reviewing agencies (Caroline County Planning and Engineering, Caroline County Building Inspections, Caroline County Public Utilities, Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality) for review and approval. The architects and engineers are expecting final approval in the near future. Once final approvals are received, the Caroline County School Board will advertise the projects for bidding by interested General Contractors. The project specifications state that Caroline County businesses and suppliers should be utilized for the project when possible. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring once school is out for summer break and will continue for the next 12 months to completion. Additional information concerning construction sequencing and timing will be provided in the near future. Construction plans and specifications will be available for review at the office of the Supervisor of Construction and Maintenance, Geoffrey Honan.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Construction Updates for MES
Based upon a recommendation from the CIP Committee, the Caroline School Board voted to reject all bids on the Madison Elementary School Additions project. The project cost exceeded the available funds so the Caroline School Board requested that OWPR re-bid the project along with the Caroline High School Additions and Renovations project in the fall. The two main factors in the cost over-runs were the cost of the site work and the cost of technology add-ons for the project. Together, these two items accounted for most of the higher cost. The site work is being re-designed to allow for a lower cost storm water collection basin and the scope of the added technology will be substantially reduced. The overall school addition design will remain the same and the existing building will still receive a new two-way intercom system for each of the classrooms and additional fire alarm components. The revised design package will be submitted to the School Division and County for review in September.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Tree Removal at MES
Monday, July 7, 2014
The long awaited work has begun on the Caroline County Schools Capital Improvements projects that were overwhelmingly approved in the fall bond referendum. Construction began on the Caroline High School Track Renovation project approximately three weeks ago after Precision Sports Surfaces of Charlottesville, VA submitted a bid of $285,778 which was substantially under the budgeted amount of $435,000.00. Because the project was nearly $150,000.00 under budget, the Caroline County School Board approved a $55,000 upgrade to the rubberized track surface for a total project cost of $340,778.00. The new upgraded track surface will feature three layers of black rubber granules topped by 2 additional layers of blue rubber granules that will give the track surface a blue finish. The upgrade provides a thicker rubber track than was originally planned and improves the overall lifespan of the surface. The old rubber track surface has been stripped off and the drainage improvements along the sides of the football field has begun. The track project is anticipated to be complete in time for the fall football season.
Crews from the J. H. Knighton Lumber Company got the improvements at Madison Elementary School jump started last week when they arrived on-site and began clearing trees from the new property that will have the new bus drop off loop located on it. Caroline County Public Schools is very grateful for the efforts of the J. H. Knighton Lumber Company as this will allow the building contractor to begin work on the new bus drop off loop immediately in early August.
Personnel from the Maintenance Department of Caroline County Public Schools removed the playground equipment from its current location. The equipment will be re-installed at its new location behind the Madison Elementary School building. The playground was re-located to move it farther away from the road and to allow room for the new addition which will connect all three existing classroom wings. The new addition will house a new school front entrance, a new administration and guidance area, two new computer labs, a new media center and four new classrooms. A new visitors drop-off and pick-up area along with expanded parking is planned where the current bus loading area is located.
A pre-bid meeting was held at Madison Elementary School on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The meeting allows interested contractors an opportunity to review the construction plans, see the school and site and meet the people that they may be working with should they be the low bidder for the project. So far, nine General Contractors from Winchester to the Tidewater area have expressed interest in the additions and renovation project at Madison Elementary School. Bids are due on July 17, 2014 with construction anticipated to begin in early August and be completed by mid-July of 2015.
Architects and engineers are entering the detailed stages of planning for the new additions and renovations to the Caroline High School. The design team spent the last three months of the school year meeting with faculty and staff to develop a design that will allow the high school to be expanded to accommodate 1600 students. Work is anticipated to begin on the high school project this fall and will take approximately two years to complete.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Special thanks to the CCPS Maintenance Department for removing our playground equipment. We also want to thank J.H. Knighton Lumber Company for clearing the land that will house our new bus parking lot and playground area. The Madison Elementary Community is excited as we prepare for our future additions and renovations!
Friday, May 23, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tentative Schedule for MES Additions
3/10/2014 – Present Design Development Drawings to School Board
4/14/2014 – Present Final Design to School Board
4/18/2014 – Submit site plans to County for review
4/30/2014 – Advertise for bids
5/28/2014 – Receive bids
6/9/2014 – Present bids to School Board for approval
6/10/2014 – Issue notice to proceed
6/16/2014 – Construction to begin
7/3/2015 – Substantial Completion
8/3/2015 – Final Completion