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Home News-Telegram News New Sulphur Springs Middle School facility could be built by Aug. 2011; architects give SSISD board project timelines

New Sulphur Springs Middle School facility could be built by Aug. 2011; architects give SSISD board project timelines

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Richard Crump with the architecture firm working on designs for the new middle school and multi-purpose building project recently gave Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees a timeline for the bond projects.

The representative of Claycomb Associates, Architects, noted that the company breaks  projects down into five time frames: a schematic design; design development; construction documents; bidding and negotiations; and construction.

The schematic design phase spanned through this month for both the SSMS facility and multi-purpose building. During this phase, the architects worked closely with upper-level school administrators to formulate a basic composite recommendation for the structures.

Design development is expected to last through mid October for the middle school project. Architects will be working more closely with the staff who will be working in the areas to make sure they are set up with the best design to serve those course and grade level needs.

The multi-purpose project, with a few minor tweaks, is expected to jump to the “construction documents” stage, the process of drawing up all paperwork and costs, etc. That phase is expected to last from August through November. Construction documents will be worked on from mid October through the end of February 2010 for SSMS.

The bidding and negotiation process from the middle school project is slated for March 2010, and November for the multi-purpose project.

Construction of the new middle school is expected to take 16 months, spanning April 2010-August 2011. Construction on the multi-purpose building at the high school campus is expected to take 13 months, beginning in December 2009 and continuing through the end of December 2010.

Crump also presented “schematic designs” for the projects Monday night, showing their recommended preliminary layouts for both the middle school and multi-purpose facility. These are the architects’ first drafts for school officials to see, and to make recommendations for changes. Company representatives will also be talking with campus personnel to fine tune designs.

The Claycomb rep explained that the renderings presented to the board show preliminary drawings of a two-story middle school building, complete with an open common area in the middle, a gym, athletic and fine arts facilities on one end and classroom wing on the other side. The middle school rendering shows a paved parking area and a tennis court. The new middle school campus will cover half of the County Road 1103 property owned by the school district, leaving room for future growth and building projects. The renderings also show the new multi-purpose facility, which includes the fields, classrooms, locker rooms, and areas to utilize as much of the space as possible to accommodate as many possible extra activities as possible.

 

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