SSISD board gets final draft of plans for new construction
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

March 9, 2006 -- Work could begin soon on the two construction projects being funded by the bond approved in last year's election, according to project architects.

Larry Claycomb of Claycomb Associates, Architects presented the final draft of the plans his firm put together for new construction projects at ECLC and Sulphur Spring High School to school trustees at Monday night's board meeting.

The plans are slated to be given to project construction manager J.T. Turner this week to begin the bid process for cost estimates. The bidding should be completed by the end of the month, with the information ready to be presented to the school board at the April board meeting, Claycomb said.

"We'll find out what inflation and oil market have done to us. I think [the bids and overall costs] will be close to what we projected," Claycomb said.

The plan includes rerouting of sewer lines which currently go from ECLC to beneath the high school, and from the agriculture building to the main high school building before going out again. The new route will direct ECLC and agriculture building drain systems away from the existing structures instead of tying it into the main SSHS campus.

The architect noted that eight new classrooms will be constructed behind the existing ECLC structure, using materials which mirror the current school's facade. The rooms will be divided, with a new addition behind the north and south wings, with two storage areas tagged on, one inside and one outside at the rear of the new structures.

Because the new structures will be built higher than the existing building,  the playground area will have to be moved back away from the building about 150 feet for safety reason. The middle pavilion area at ECLC will be untouched, but the rest of the playground area will be moved to the field southeast of its current location.

At the high school, a new French drain system will be installed around the perimeter of the new buildings to help with drainage and to keep water from pooling under the structure.

The new science classes and wing will be raised 1 1/2 feett higher than the existing wing, requiring a ramp to get from one to the other. The new band hall will be raised 2 feet above the existing structure.

All of the interior walls of the existing band hall and choir areas will be torn down and new walls put up to the specifications of art and theater arts instructors. The theater arts area will include built-in storage areas, a shop and classroom. It will have room for costume storage, and a shop area to build props and background sets.

 The science labs will be "gutted" and new additions added. Claycomb also noted that there is enough room at the end of the new science wing to add two additional classrooms should the district need or choose to do so in the future.

"This is the results of meetings with your staff, Mr. McCauley several times, science teachers three times, art and theater for the first time a few weeks ago, but we sat down and did it. I believe all the high school is as they expect and want it to be. ... The teachers who worked and participated I believe will be satisfied with what we're doing," Claycomb said.

He noted that the restrooms by the high school gyms will also have to be updated to make them compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. That project could be bid with the existing project, or it might be negotiated after the bid process with the contractor for changes as needed.

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