Proposition E Updates
July 8, 2020
Most mornings lately, a face-masked gentleman can be seen strolling around the MRH High School/Middle School campus with an odd device mounted on a tripod. He's taking pictures, but not in the traditional sense.
As part of the design phase of building improvements under Proposition E, Ittner Architects is deploying a 3D laser scanner called FARO. It captures hyper-accurate measurements of complex objects and buildings. The FARO uses a laser beam to measure the distance to an object point by point.
The range depends on the model; FARO models measure up to 350 meters. The scanner measures more than one million points per second. A rotating mirror directs the beam in such a way that the objects (walls, pipes, etc.) are scanned vertically in rows. At the same time, the laser scanner rotates around its vertical axis.
Not only does it offer pin-point accuracy, but FARO can also be a money-saver. Dennis Young, president and chief executive officer of Ittner, explains, "Many firms don't have this technology. We are using it on all of our projects and have identified discrepancies between the existing conditions and the original drawings. This reduces the number of construction change orders that would have resulted."
Proposition E, a $30 million bond issue, was approved handily by voters on June 2. It will result in more classrooms, gym and cafeteria space, and entry/exit improvements at all MRH buildings.
July 2, 2020
Less than a month after MRH voters overwhelmingly endorsed Proposition E at the polls, the District's architectural partner has presented timelines for designing, contract bidding and construction at all three major MRH structures. What's more, the firm is assisting MRH with planning for the resumption of learning in August.
Proposition E, a no-levy-increase bond issue, involves the sale of $30 million in bonds to pay for sweeping space additions and security upgrades district-wide. It passed on June 2, 2020 with a decisive 81.7% of yes votes. The high school/middle school complex, occupying a building nine decades old, gets the lion's share of the improvements... including more than a dozen new classrooms, a larger cafeteria, an additional gymnasium, and reconfigured offices. Other buildings will see improvements to grounds, HVAC, and entryways.
Ittner Architects of St. Louis presented its timeline to the Board of Education at its June 18 monthly meeting. The timelines are broken down among the Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, and HS/MS.
ECC & Elementary
From now through the end of the year, Ittner will work on schematic designs, coordinating utilities, and developing construction documents. Next winter and spring will mark the beginning of bidding, permitting, and awarding of contracts. Expected completion dates, while tentative, are slated for October of 2021.
The design and contract timelines are similar to ECC and Elementary, but because of the larger scope of the HS/MS renovations, expected completion dates are in the winter of 2022.
Meantime, Ittner is working with MRH on immediate concerns involving the continuation of school following the summer break. The District's Buildings & Grounds department is working closely with Ittner associates on how best to reconfigure classrooms in the event that on-site learning is possible when school resumes in late August. The teams are conducting space measurements to maximize occupancy while also observing the necessary social distancing rules.