Proposition E Updates
September 25, 2020
Stay up to date on Proposition E progress by clicking on this latest project management report.
September 22, 2020
This is what early-stage improvements look like under Prop E at the high school/middle school complex
September 11, 2020
Stay up to date on Proposition E progress by clicking on this latest Project Management Report.
September 10, 2020
This summer, contractors have been drilling holes in surfaces around the high school/middle school property as part of geotechnical surveys to identify foundation locations for the future expansions.
Drilling work taking place outside Central Office.
August 20, 2020
August 18, 2020
Announcement by Dennis Young, President and CEO, Ittner Architects:
"NSBA (National School Boards Association) in collaboration with CUBE (Council of Urban Boards of Education) has selected Ittner Architects to conduct the introductory interview to one of the most important equity-focused K-12 initiatives in the country. The CUBE Annual Conference 2020 will be held on September 22-24, and will introduce the DIRE Campaign, “Dismantling Institutional Racism in Education”, an initiative that is dedicated to understanding and recognizing the root causes of barriers to equitable educational outcomes for each child and is obliged to work to eliminate disproportionality in all aspects of public education. Through our ‘Issues in Education.net’ podcast, I will be interviewing Charlie Wilson, NSBA President and Frank Henderson, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer to kickoff this important Conference.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be a virtual event. I will be leading the preconference interview from my office in St. Louis, with the two other Thought Leaders located in Ohio and Kansas. A minimum of two videos will be produced by NSBA of the interview. The first is expected to be 1 & ½ hours in length, covering an important range of core topics and priorities, which will then be discussed at length during the CUBE Conference seminars. The second video will serve as an introduction to the conference, consisting of excerpts that will total 3-minutes in length.
The DIRE Campaign is intended to bring real change to public K-12 education. All of us at Ittner, are proud to have been chosen to kick off CUBE Conference 2020."
Dennis Young, President & CEO, Wm. B. Ittner, Inc.
August 11, 2020
The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District successfully sold $28.5 million of General Obligation Improvement and Refunding Bonds and $2 million of Taxable General Obligation Bonds on August 11th.
The Board of Education was briefed on the bond sale by Stifel Public Finance Director Lorenzo Boyd during a special session. Mr. Boyd pointed out that the brokerage firm received $116 million of orders for a $30 million financing project, which will result in sweeping structural improvements at all MRH school buildings.
Additionally, Stifel reported that:
- It was able to refinance outstanding lease debt, freeing up $325,000 of revenue each year through 2027
- Since 2009, MRH has saved a total of over $3.9 million in interest savings by refinancing existing bonds for savings.
- The firm as able to refinance existing General Obligation Bonds for total savings of $102,000.,
- Stifel was able to maintain the District’s underlying rating of “AA-“ from Standard and Poor’s. Only 15 school districts in the state rated by S&P are rated higher than MRH.
You can watch the full Stifel presentation to the board by clicking here.
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.