Architects are expected to present a rough layout for the design of Lafayette Parish’s newest high school and discuss where they think it should be located during the School Board’s next meeting on Oct. 7.
Architects with Abell+ Crozier+Davis reported to the school system’s staff Tuesday that a rough layout of the design should be ready in time for presentation at the upcoming meeting, said Kyle Bordelon, the school system’s facilities and planning director.
Last month, architects held planning workshops with school system staff and community members, who said they favored a three-story school focused on energy- and agricultural-related career training.
The school is set for construction on board-owned property off Chemin Metairie Road in the Broussard-Youngsville area, though a specific site within the 600 acres of land hasn’t been confirmed. Bordelon said he expects that issue to be discussed at the board’s next meeting.
The board approved the concept of hiring a “construction manager at risk,” which involves hiring a firm or contractor early in the design process to expedite a project. The process allows a contractor or construction manager to work hand in hand with designers to estimate costs and order materials early on.
The board will advertise for firms to submit qualifications for the construction manager at risk job, though the request for qualifications is still under review by attorneys, Bordelon said.
Meanwhile, the School Board has issued a request for qualifications for architectural services for a new elementary school in the Broussard area to replace Katharine Drexel Elementary. Firms have until Sept. 23 to submit qualifications to the school system’s professional services review committee.
The School Board voted earlier this month to sell $126 million in bonds for the construction of an initial phase of the new high school.
The priority for the revenues from the bond sale — which will be made incrementally — is the high school’s construction.
The cost for the initial phase of construction for the high school has been estimated at $73 million.
At least $32 million also was earmarked for the Drexel replacement project, with the remainder of the $126 million tagged for new classroom wings at Milton Elementary and Middle schools and Plantation Elementary.
However, there has been some discussion that the board should defer decisions on how to spend the remaining funds until it receives an update from consultants on facility needs across the school system. That update also is expected at the board’s October meeting.
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