Contractor, Architect Selected for Greeley WestPosted by KIM DESMOND on 12/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
Greeley-Evans School District 6 has selected Adolfson and Peterson Construction as the general contractor for building the new Greeley West High School, pending the approval of the Board of Education in January.
The architectural firm working on the design of the new school and site is Hord Coplan Macht of Denver. Contractors and architects were asked to bid as design/build teams for the design and construction of Greeley West. Six contractor/architect teams submitted bids for the Greeley West project. Three teams were interviewed.
“We are confident in the team Adolfson and Peterson Construction and Hord Coplan Macht has put together for Greeley West High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “We have talked to other organizations and school districts who have worked with these two firms, and they have received great reviews. Their bid was within our budget and we are excited to get this project started.”
The total contract amount has yet to be determined and will be based on the site and building design. The proposal fell within projected budget of $107-$112 million. The capacity of Greeley West will be increased from 1,000 to 1,800 with the new building.
Construction on the site could begin early this spring, with a projected completion date of August 2022. The new school will be constructed on the Greeley West site while students continue to attend the existing school. A significant component of the design/build team’s presentation centered around the safety of students while on an occupied campus. Adolfson and Peterson has extensive experience with this type of construction project, most recently completing the University of Northern Colorado Commons. Adolfson and Peterson is a family-owned company that is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has a regional office in Denver that will be managing the Greeley West project.
Greeley West High School is the first large project to be funded through the successful 2019 bond issue. District 6 voters approved the $395 million bond issue by a margin of 52.6 percent for (12,919 votes) to 47.4 percent against (11,642 votes).
A Greeley West Design Advisory Group - composed of Greeley West staff, students, parents and community members - will begin meeting in January to provide input into the design of the school
District 6 has also selected RLH Engineers as the owner’s representative that will serve as the project manager for the construction projects that will be funded through the November 2019 bond issue. The Board of Education approved the contract for RLH Engineers at its Monday, December 9 meeting.
Bids for other projects will be requested in the coming months. The next projected slated for construction is the expansion of McAuliffe STEM Academy K-8 and Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet.
District 6 will also begin accepting applications for a Bond Oversight Committee in January. Additional communication will be sent out when the application process for that committee is open.
School district earns victory in bond measure question 4CPosted by CASEY PEARSON on 11/5/2019
Greeley-Evans School District 6 celebrated a victory at Tuesday night in the $395 million bond measure 4C, as the yes vote eventually won with a 54.54% vote.
“We knew it was a big lift, and we are so appreciative of our voters and our community for stepping up,” said a confident District 6 superintendent Deirdre Pilch Tuesday night.
The bond measure will raise money to pay for a full teardown and rebuild of Greeley West High School and Madison Elementary, the construction of a new K-8 school and significant expansion to S. Christa McAuliffe K-8, among other major renovations and improvements.
“We are so thrilled and relieved,” Pilch said. “We know this is heavy in Weld County, we get it. We get we are in a tax-adverse community, and we have a lot to prove to our voters, so to see those numbers come in was a tremendous relief. We are so appreciative and grateful and really happy for the kids in District 6. This is about students.”
The requested number of $395 million came after an independent assessment returned $1 billion in capital improvements, renovations and reconstruction needs. The number was winnowed down to what was requested by a Facility Master Planning Committee after several months of discussion.
The bond measure is the district’s first request of any substantial amount in almost 20 years, and by far the largest ever requested by District 6.
It is notably different from the mill levy override, which was approved in 2017. While both collect funds through property taxes, the mill levy override can only be spent on personnel, curriculum and other inside-the-classroom expenditures. Bonds are required for significant building projects.
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