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March 7, 2014

MVTHS to look at status

MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon Township High School officials will hear a status report on the ongoing redesign of the new high school at a special board meeting set for 5:30 p.m. next Monday.

Currently, FGM Architects is about halfway finished with the design and development stage of the redesign and almost 100 percent done with the schematic design stage, said Superintendent Michael Smith.

The plans have been completed for the new gym/athletic complex. At this point, the facility can accommodate slightly more than 1,800 seats in the main gym and about 500 seats in the auxiliary gym, said Chief Architect Greg Brown.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the MVTHS Board of Education will discuss estimates of how much the services of FGM and the McCarthy firm will cost the district moving forward.

“With this redesign component, there’s additional time and services being spent,” Smith said. “We need to have an outline of those (services) and the scope.”

In December, the initial construction bids for the new school came in at more than $6 million over-budget. This led the school district to approve major scope changes to the project to cut costs.

FGM is now completing a redesign of the project, which is set to be finished by July 7. After that, a rebidding will take place.

Currently, the new school’s construction plans do not include a theater or football field in the base bid amount.

Even so, these items have been designated as alternates and will be returned to the plans if sufficient funding is available after rebidding.

The school’s new proposed gym is the most extensive part of the redesign since the facility

has been completely altered from its original design.

The athletic complex will now be a combination of the main gym and auxiliary gym, and will be a single story instead of two. This eliminates the stairs and elevators that were part of the initial plans.

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