Streetsboro schools unveil timeline for construction project

By mike lesko | Gateway News Published:

The new Streetsboro High School and an addition to Campus Elementary School both are expected to be completed in December 2016, according to a construction timeline presented at the June 12 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting.

"We are publicly announcing what we hope our timeline will be for this project," Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said. "We're looking to start and finish this project in four years, and we'll have a brand new Streetsboro City School district."

Referring to the two projected December completion dates, Daulbaugh said, "Lots of districts have done mid-year move-ins."

The timeline was presented by Dana Strizzi, vice president of operations for Hammond Construction, which is working as the construction management firm for the project.

The timeline can be seen by going to the first page of the Streetsboro Schools website at www.streetsboroschools.com.

Other projected completion dates include the athletic complex, including a new high school stadium, in August of 2016, and the renovation of the existing high school for middle school students in August 2018.

Groundbreaking on the new high school and the Campus addition will occur in the spring of 2015, he said.

"It's a great site," Strizzi said, referring to the high school site on Route 14 across from Deer Meadow Boulevard, where the stadium will also be located. "There are no trees, and it's ready to go."

Strizzi said the timelines for the new high school and Campus Elementary School run simultaneously. He said the plan is to bid the two buildings at the same time "to try to package together parts from both of those schools to go out and get a better price rather than individual bidding. We are afforded the luxury of being able to do that.

"If we are lucky enough to have bid savings [by bidding the two projects at the same time], it may come in under budget, and you can put that savings toward your athletic complex," he told the School Board, referring to a collection of subcontractors.

The athletic complex would include the stadium, all-weather turf, an eight-lane all-weather track and fencing. It would cost about $1.6 million and would be paid for by taxpayers. It is expected to be completed in August 2016, in time for the high school football season that year.

"It's a good time in the industry to be out there [bidding a project]," he said. "A lot of people are looking for work. It's a very competitive market."

At the Route 303 school campus, the existing high school will be heavily renovated to accommodate grades six through eight, and an addition will be built at Campus School, following the approval of a bond issue in November. The current middle school and Wait Primary School will eventually be closed. Daulbaugh said the School Board still could decide not to demolish the Wait Primary School building.

"That decision (whether to demolish it) has not been made yet," he said.

Henry Defer Intermediate School would not be renovated, but would only serve fourth- and fifth-graders, according to the district's plan.

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