CMS: Updates on two “not started” projects — before $2 billion, 10 year plan goes to possible bond vote

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Two significant current projects are in the works for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), though one has been put on hold pending land acquisition and site development discussions with the city. Meanwhile the school district has outlined a 10-year plan ranking projects for more than $2 billion in construction, renovation and land requirements.

Projects listed on the CMS website as “not started” include:

Elementary: New Language Immersion K-8 Albemarle Rd. ES/MS Relief (13)

Overall budget: $31,876,000

CMS project manager: Tim Ames
Architect: Morris Berg
General contractor: Edifice (CM)
Site designer: Stewart

Scope of work
This project includes a new PK-8 to provide relief for Albemarle Rd. ES/MS; dual language immersion to provide additional magnet program capacity.

Progress
The new Language Immersion K-8 Albemarle Rd. Relief project has been placed on hold in the schematic design phase. Land acquisition and site development discussions continue with the city. Once a site for the project is finalized the design can progress.

High School: Myers Park High School

Overall budget: $15,148,000.00

CMS project manager: Chip Lofton

Architect: Boomerang (fka: MBAJ)
General contractor: KBR (CM)
Site designer: Site Studio

Scope of work
This project includes two multi-story classroom buildings; renovations to kitchen/cafeteria; demolition of buildings that house chemistry, biology and information technology classrooms.

Progress
The Myers Park High School new Building Two design continues. The construction manager is reviewing the construction documents to establish a control estimate. Constructability comments from the construction manager have been returned. Submission for the revised building permit to LUESA has been revised to mid February 2016. The procurement phase for Building 2 is expected to be complete in the 2nd quarter of 2016. The final phase of the multi-phased plan is scheduled to start construction summer of 2016 and be complete August 2018.

Longer range plans

The Charlotte Observer reports that the CMS board has taken a first look at projects for the next decade, including a $98 million high school in south Mecklenberg County and a $40 million replacement for the Collinswood Language Academy at the Tyvola Rd. site that previously housed Smith Language Academy.

Superintendent Ann Clark said she would like to see Mecklenburg County commissioners put a bond referendum on the ballot this fall, though The Observer reports county manager Dena Diorio “is not recommending a bond vote until 2017.”

The list of projects was not immediately available online, though CMS staff say they plan to post everything at www.cms.k12.nc.us.

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