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|Fall of 2014 Targeted for New Knoxville High School
|Planning has resumed for a new Knoxville High School, which is tentatively scheduled to open it's doors for the fall semester in 2014.
A special District 202 school board meeting was held Monday night, the first to discuss the project since the governor announced the district would be awarded capital funding for a new high school.
Bloomington-based architect B-L-D-D is designing the building. Architect Barbara Meek says she expects bids to be awarded by next February and for the actual construction to begin in the spring of next year.
"They will then have a year and a couple of months to get the building done, 16 months, to take us to mid-July," Meek said. "And in mid-July the new building should be finished, and then we have some decisions to make as to how we schedule the rest of it."
"But effectively we move out of the old building and into the new, and the old building gets demolished."
In between now and next spring's groundbreaking, Meek says stakeholders will be interviewed, designs will be refined, and other development issues will be solved.
The board Monday night took action on deciding to take the traditional route of hiring a general contractor for the project, and not a construction manager. The board didn't feel it was necessary to bid phases of the project out separately.
The high school is projected to cost over $31.5 million dollars, $20.2 million dollars will come in capital funding, and the remaining $11.5 million dollars is the district's share.
The district plans to sell $9 million in alternate revenue bonds, and the rest in life safety bonds, but won't officially decide until they sign an intergovernmental agreement for the project.
|03 06 12 by Newsroom
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