Cost Estimates, Concept Drawings and Floor Plans Presented for District 518 Office, Warehouse Projects – The Globe
WORTHINGTON — Architects presented plans for the proposed addition and renovation to the district office building at the District 518 School Board meeting on Tuesday, including floor plans and concept renderings.
According to presentation by Sal Bagley, architect at Wold, and Chris Ziemer, project manager at ICS, the projected cost estimate for the 4,524 square foot addition and 2,943 square foot renovation would be $2.24 million. of dollars.
The presentation showed that the project as originally approved – with a 2,400 square foot addition and 2,500 square foot renovation – had an estimated cost of $1.5 million.
The current layout includes a large conference room and a small conference room, both accessible from the waiting room, as well as offices for human resources, catering, operations, payroll and accounting, general management, teaching and learning, special education and student services. . There are also two offices and one workstation set aside for the future, as projections for District 518 indicate that the district’s population will continue to grow.
Bagley said the building’s interior would primarily use neutral materials, except for elements designed to reflect the school’s colors and branding, such as a red and black wall in the waiting room near from the entrance.
The project could go out for tender in March and be completed by summer 2023.
Bagley and Ziemer also showed school board plans for a storage building, initially set at 2,500 square feet and later expanded to 4,000. With the initial smaller scope, the cost had been estimated at $425,450, but according to presenters, it had risen to $981,500 in January before being updated again to $857,250 this month.
The fluctuating costs prompted comments from two school board members.
Tom Prins said an earlier quote was $733,000 and wanted to know where the extra costs came from.
Ziemer responded that the construction cost had actually come down from the January estimate of $981,500, that the installation had changed over time, and that the architects had received additional information from local contractors to obtain a more precise estimate.
Following the presentation and meeting, Board Member Mike Harberts spoke.
“I’m going to express my frustration here tonight with the lack of information the board is sharing with them,” he said, stating that he had never even seen the figure of $981,500. “I express my frustration at the lack of information shared by our administration.”
Prins asked if bids would automatically be sent out for the storage building, and President Lori Dudley said the school board wouldn’t have to accept those bids.
Prins asked if any research had been done with local contractors, and Dave Skog, director of district management services, said ICS had contacted local contractors and believed they now had the best cost estimate. .
“There have been contacts with local contractors, I know that for a fact,” said school board member Joel Lorenz. “The locals will have their chance to bid.”
Dudley said she hoped the bids, which would likely go out on the same day for both projects, would be competitive and bring prices down.
In other news Tuesday, the school board:
- Listen to a presentation about Worthington Middle School’s efforts to improve the overall social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of its students, which impacts student performance. This school year, each WMS level has a counselor, and next year one of the counselor positions will move to middle school, which has sparked discussions about adding another WMS counselor to the listing.
- Approved the retirements of Tom Woods, teacher at Prairie Elementary, and Paula Stock, WMS teacher, as well as the resignation of Than Kyaw, parent liaison with Community Education; Karen Omot, WMS teacher; Sue Hagen, EL Coordinator with Teaching and Learning; Austin Selvey, WMS softball coach; Ranita Coleman, WMS paraprofessional; Leah Perez De Torres, Learning Center paraprofessional; Emily Ahlquist, Girls’ Head Coach; and Danielle Crowell, an elementary teacher from the Prairies.
- Approved the hiring of Sheila Olson, WMS Cook; Mercy Flores Menjivar, Community Education Childminder; Brooke Van Ede, WMS paraprofessional; Austin Selvey, WMS baseball coach; and Jessica DeKam, WMS teacher.
- Accepted a grant from the Minnesota State Social Workers Association for WHS Student Services, as well as donations from the Worthington Gun Club for ammunition for the WHS trap shooting team; the Brandl Foundation for athletic scholarships; an anonymous donation on behalf of the Boys’ Football Student Activity Account and the Eagles Club for the WHS Marching Band’s trip to Cuero, Texas.
- Approval of a $10,100 maintenance and planning agreement with the City of Worthington for three baseball diamonds on WMS property.
- Approved the expulsion of a student.
- Approval of the announcement of tenders for the Prairie Elementary School roofing project and the WMS parking lot project, both of which are long-term routine maintenance works for the facilities.
- Approved an employee request for extended leave.
- Agreed to restructure the school’s golf program into a grade 7-12 program with a head coach and an assistant coach for boys and girls.
- Approved a request for out-of-state travel pending Staff Development Committee and administrative approval for a March conference in Wisconsin Dells.