Miscellaneous Construction Projects

September 6, 2011

Trees  

I know it was difficult to see the trees that were dug up earlier this year.  It was, by far, the hardest part of the construction project for me.  Please rest assured that we will make good on our promise to replace at least as many trees as we lost.  I’m pleased to tell you that in mid-October, we will be planting about 150 trees across campus.  This will go a long way towards replacing the trees that we lost, and many more trees will be planted next year as well.

May 12th, 2011

Bidding and Budgets

As we had hoped, the bidding environment has been very competitive. So far, we have conducted two Bid Releases that included a total of 14 contracts. The first Bid Release was for Site Improvements which included mass grading, asphalt, site concrete, etc. This bid package came in $87,712 below our budget. The second Bid Release was for selected Student Services Center work, including building excavation, cast-in-place concrete, structural steel, roofing and elevators. This bid package came in $363,904 below budget. We have set up a rigorous approval process for construction change orders and we continue to closely monitor the construction budget.

April 25th, 2011

Soccer Field

We have an overabundance of topsoil on campus and a shortage of clay. Clay is a much better material than topsoil as a foundation for new buildings and roadways. Originally it appeared we would incur a significant expense to transport surplus topsoil off campus, and then haul clay on campus. Further site analysis revealed an abundance of clay beneath the soccer field. Recently a decision was made use this clay beneath the soccer field as a base for the new Student Services Center. Once the clay is removed, the campus’s surplus topsoil will be spread over the site of the soccer field. This will save the College a significant amount of money, even after the soccer field is rebuilt in its current location. For the next two years, we will not have a soccer field on campus. Karen Wiley, athletic director, is currently exploring other options for the soccer team.

April 11th, 2011

Trees

With the addition of roadways, parking lots and new buildings on campus, it is an unfortunate reality that some of the campus’s trees have to be uprooted. Please know that a significant amount of work went into preserving as many trees as possible. We have 864 trees on campus. 483 will be preserved in their current location and 34 will be transplanted to other parts of campus. You may have noticed ribbons around many trees. Trees with an orange ribbon will be preserved, while trees with a pink ribbon will be transplanted. The green ribbon indicates trees that will be lost. Once construction is completed, we will plant more new trees than were lost during these initial stages.

April 6th, 2011

Early Childhood Center – New Yard and Playground Equipment

The outdoor play area is being reconfigured to accommodate the ring road that will pass to the north of the Early Childhood Center. We will also be purchasing some new playground equipment for the kids at the ECC.

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