Latest News – September 3

Last Friday, August 30, hundreds of students, teachers, staff and community members gathered in front of the Lake County High School for the official Ground Breaking Ceremony for the $26 million renovation project. And while the event was the official kick-off, certainly those in attendance noticed some substantial changes already in progress that took place over the summer.

The General Contractor – Adolfson & Peterson (A&P)  Construction – was mobilized back in June and there has been a considerable amount of effort inside the building all summer long preparing the school, and site, for the safe arrival of students and staff for the 2013-14 school year which began August 21.  Once the first day of school drew closer, the activity shifted to the outside construction work and the big machines have been moving dirt and making progress.  But this is Leadville and winter can come in fast.

So if you’ve been wondering where the renovation process stands and what to expect next, the following is an update from the project’s Owner Representative Consilium Partners:

PROJECT EVENTS AS OF AUGUST 23, 2013

November 2012 – Voters approved bond for matching funds to secure the awarded BEST grant for the project

December 2012 – Lake County School District (LCSD) hired Consilium Partners to serve as the Owner’s Representative for the project.

January 2013 – LCSD hired H+L Architecture to provide Design services and Adolfson & Peterson for General Contractor Pre Construction services.

January/February 2013 – LCSD formed a Project Facility Committee to help streamline the meeting and decision making process. The Committee is comprised of the District Superintendent, a Board of Education member, the HS Principal and Facilities Department Representatives. Consilium must report to this committee weekly with any project related challenges or concerns, as well as regular budget and schedule updates. Consilium must also report monthly at every Board of Education meeting.

February – June 2013 – The project team and Facility Committee invited the community to participate in a project Design Advisory Group (DAG.) The DAG was ultimately formed with about 15 members including District staff, a board of education member, LCHS students, parents and volunteer community members. The DAG met extensively with the project team to carefully plan out every detail of the project. This group also hosted several public community design update meetings at the HS during evening hours to maximize attendance.

June – August 2013 – Prior to much of the renovation work, and in addition to the General Contractor’s services, the District had to hire a hazardous material abatement contractor to perform demolition and removal of some old asbestos containing materials that remained in the building. Earth Services & Abatement Company (ESA) was hired to perform these services and a third party consultant, Weecycle Environmental, was hired for testing and monitoring of the hazmat work. This team has successfully demolished the entire interior of the former CTE wing at the south end of the building, including the former art classroom, wood and auto shop, CTE computer rooms and the DOOR program, in addition to all of the District’s networks servers and IT equipment.

During this same time, A&P has been on site providing general oversight and coordination as well as new utility work and all scope associated with separating the entire south end of the building from what will be used as the active school this year, including installing fire rated construction barrier walls, fire alarm coordination and mechanical, electrical and plumbing system changes.

What will look different this year? Everything south of the auditorium and cafeteria will be off limits for the entire school year as well as the south locker room. The north locker room has been divided into two areas for the year. The auditorium is currently under renovation and will be complete for the spring semester.
Video of Design Plan:

August – September 2013 – Interior Design is being finalized and submitted for permit. We are anticipating erecting the new steel structure in early October.
Video of Ground Breaking Ceremony:

The District and its project team greatly appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we move forward through the current school year, which will unavoidably be impacted by the current construction project. The team will do our best to minimize the impact on the educational environment at all times but when the inevitable interruptions arise, we will work diligently as a team to find solutions and ultimately maintain a focus on safety, security and education of the students and staff.  

The project team certainly recognizes the urgency to erect the steel structure for the new addition areas in order to have a roof installed on the additions as quickly as possible. At the same time, in the best long term interests of the facility, the District and the community, we have spent a considerable amount of time coordinating the design team’s efforts with District staff, students, and community members to ensure the community gets exactly what it needs and wants rather than a rushed, or canned, design effort. We must then of course, coordinate all final plans with the State permitting authorities and that can be a 6-8 week process after drawings are complete.

This all takes time. Ultimately, it is our pleasure to report the project is proceeding well and in accordance with our aggressive schedule. During the fall, winter and spring, construction will focus on the new additions and some secured renovation areas. Additionally, in preparation for next summer 2014, we can certainly plan on a very busy final several months of the project. There will still be some considerable renovation areas remaining, including the entire front entry and administrative office area, as well as the north end demolition and following site work. Due to the considerable scope, we should definitely expect to see some final site work being wrapped up, even as the 2014/15 school year begins.

It’s going to be an exciting year, and FUTURE, for LCHS! Thank you to the entire Lake County Community for making this happen! Please stay tuned for regular updates and some community progress tours along the way. The project is scheduled for completion for the 2014/2015 school year.

Lake County community members with any questions regarding the high school project may contact the Lake County School District’s Owner’s Representative for the project, Consilium Partners, at: LCHS@consiliumpartnersllc.com.

Publisher’s Note: It was a great day of community celebration and student pride last Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Ground Breaking Ceremony at Lake County High School. Here’s the high school choir singing the school song. GO PANTHERS!

Class of ’73 Reunion This Weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 7-8), Leadville will host the Lake County Class of 1973’s 40th Reunion. The weekend’s activities will include a private train ride on the Leadville Colorado & Southern, hosted by classmate Ken Olsen, as well as a true Oktoberfest with authentic Bavarian food and music.70s

So, if you overhear folks talking emphatically about the Bee Gees, or their old Farrah poster, you’ll know that they’re part of the reunion! According to organizers, “It will be a groovy reunion.”

For more information contact cmsvatos@gmail.com or tskala80461@yahoo.com.

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