The Lafayette Parish School Board is still eyeing an August 2017 opening for its new high school and is set to make decisions on who will manage the project and who will have a say in naming the building.
At its meeting Wednesday, the board will decide whether to accept a committee and superintendent’s recommendation to hire The Lemoine Co. as its “construction manager at risk” for the construction of the new high school. Using a construction manager at risk allows for greater collaboration between designers and the construction team to provide for timelier changes and a more realistic cost earlier on in the process.
Lemoine was the only company to respond to the School Board’s request for qualifications from companies interested in the position.
If approved, the board would enter into a $250,000 contract with Lemoine for preconstruction services. After designs are complete, the company will submit a guaranteed maximum price for the project and if the board accepts it, will enter into a construction contract with Lemoine. If the board rejects it, members will have the option to bid out the project. The current estimate for the project’s initial phase, which includes the main school building and two gyms, is about $68 million.
Preliminary designs include a three-story, 260,000-square-foot building to be constructed on board-owned property in Youngsville. It’s still early in the design process, though the public could start seeing movement on the property in the coming months, said Eric Crozier, of Abell+Crozier+Davis Architects.
“We’ll work closely with the (construction manager at risk) on the project’s schedule,” Crozier said. “I would say that we should be seeing some things happening late winter or early spring.”
For now, the high school is nameless, but on Wednesday, board members will start the process of creating an identity for the school by nominating community members to serve on a separate committee that will recommend a name, mascot and school colors. Each board member will have a chance to nominate a member for the committee, which also will include the board’s own facilities committee members: Jeremy Hidalgo, Elroy Broussard and Britt Latiolais. In addition, central office employees Facilities Planning Director Kyle Bordelon and District Planning Administrator Sandra Billeaudeau will serve on the committee.
Last month, the Youngsville City Council officially pitched its own suggestion via a resolution asking the board to consider: Youngsville High School.
The initial phase of construction will be funded by a bond sale, which also will help pay for a few other projects in the district. The board also will consider hiring recommended architects for those projects — Additions and renovations at Milton Elementary/Middle and Plantation Elementary: MBSB Group; Lafayette High Feasibility Study: Abell+Crozier+Davis Architects; and Drexel Elementary School Replacement: Architects Southwest.
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