The guaranteed maximum price for the third and final phase of the Brady Middle School renovation is $3.9 million, Andy Hudak of Albert M. Higley Co. told the Orange Board of Education on Monday.
Phase three primarily includes upgrades in academic areas of the building, including the media center, classroom display boards, technology cabling, new cabinets and lighting improvements.
This makes the total estimated price of the Brady renovation $7.2 million, with the first two already completed phases costing $3.3 million, according to construction officials.
Construction on the third phase is set to begin in March of 2019, Mr. Hudak said during the BOE meeting, with crews working during spring break and throughout the summer.
“There’s going to be a lot of work to do over the summer,” he said.
Even though the construction will not begin until the spring, Mr. Hudak and Jeff Henderson of Then Design Architecture met with the school board on Monday because materials may need to be ordered several months in advance. They explained that they do not want to wait for materials to arrive near the end of the summer when the project is nearing completion.
Mr. Henderson also reminded board members to consider the color scheme as they complete the final renovations on the building. He said that the board members would likely use the same colors that they used in phase two, but will have to select specific laminates and paint. School board members will need to walk through the building to determine the furniture that needs to be replaced.
Board member Jeff Leikin said that he supports purchasing new furniture for new areas of the school, such as the media center.
“If we’re going to have new spaces, we should have new furniture to go with them,” he said.
Superintendent Lynn Campbell emphasized the importance of these decisions early on, noting that the design of the media center at Brady will also be used to influence the media center at the high school in the future.
One logistical issue discussed during the Building and Grounds Committee meeting on Dec. 4 was creating a temporary media center. Mr. Hudak said that construction will begin in the media center mid-March, so it will have to be empty by then. Director of Business Operations Ted Roseberry said that Brady students will have to use a temporary media center during March, April and May.
Mr. Roseberry also stated that the construction schedule will be intense to complete all of the renovations before students return at the end of the summer of 2019. He explained that the construction crew will work six days a week and some periods in the summer may have a double shift, with contractors working shifts of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. He plans for the main construction to be completed three weeks before school starts, which will allow time to wax the floors and place furniture before the school year begins.