Following its approval by voters in November, the work to design and construct the new high school facility at the heart of the Lansing School District’s $73 million bond issue is back on track.
Following its approval by voters in November, the work to design and construct the new high school facility at the heart of the Lansing School District’s $73 million bond issue is back on track. Meg Warner, working on the project for Hollis and Miller Architects, presented a construction schedule for the Lansing School Board during its Monday meeting. All told, the high school and the accompanying facilities are projected to be complete July 2015, in time to open for the 2015-2016 school year. And while construction comprises about two-thirds of the total project timeline, there is a lot of work yet to be done on the design. “We probably won’t start moving dirt until fall next year,” Warner said, after telling the board that grading and other site improvements will likely begin before the design phase is completely finished. The next date on Hollis and Milller’s timeline is Jan. 7 and 8, 2013, when the firm will conduct an architectural discussion on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. By February, Warner said the firm is expected to deliver schematic design booklets to the board that will used as a sort of guide for the remainder of the project. “Schematic design just means we’re going to stop moving pieces from sides of the page — we’ll have a design, our floorplan will be kind of set, we may move walls inches and feet but we’re not going to say ‘hmm, relocate this whole chunk,’” she said. According to the timeline, Hollis and Miller is expecting to have estimated construction costs for building and site in May. They’ll be working with leaders in the district on a host of issues beforehand — for example, getting the land on which the school will be constructed annexed into the city of Lansing. Building package work is expected to commence in October 2013. In August 2015, the school is expected to be complete, according to the timeline, for a total project length of about 36 months, Warner said. “We have a long ways to go — hopefully we can get there together,” she said.