School Board Gets First Look at Exterior Design of New High School

$42 million project to be completed in December 2013.

The Board of Education on Thursday took significant steps in making the district's third high school a reality when it determined the general style and color scheme for the building.

The board opted for a barrel vaulted entry canopy and a green color scheme. 

Board members also gave a green light to Hoener Associates Inc. to proceed with construction documents. That means the company can begin submitting elevations to O'Fallon's planning and zoning committee and advertise for potential bidders.

If all goes to plan, the board will award construction contracts in June, start building construction in July and have the entire project completed by December 2013.

The  and will accommodate at least 1,600 students when at capacity. The land was purchased in July 2011 for $5.9 million and was funded primarily with revenue from Proposition A, which passed in 2008.

In January, the board voted to override 

Hoener representatives also presented the board with several alternatives and future additions to the plan, including a weight room, choir room, auditorium and second gymnasium.

The next step in the process is to submit the elevations to the City of O'Fallon's planning and zoning commission, which could be done as early as today and be presented to that commission at its March 1 or April 5 meeting.

The rest of the timeline is as follows (dates contingent on weather, grading packages and receipt of permits):

Project Schedule Target Date School board authorization to bid April 19 Submit "Advertisement to Bid" to school district  May 4 Issue drawing for appropriate permits May 11 Issue drawings to bidders May 11 Bids due June 12 Review bids/meet with low bidders June 13-20 Award construction contract June 21 Notice to proceed July 2 Start building package July 2 Substantial completion of Phase 1 of building Aug. 1, 2013 Substantial completion of Phase 2 of building Dec. 1, 2013


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