WCSD school construction and repairs update

Since we’ve been doing a lot of video updates, we thought perhaps a blog was due. So what’s new?

First, check out those videos if you haven’t yet – we just made 12 or so new ones, each a couple of minutes or so. They cover all kinds of different repairs to schools that were done across the District during Spring Break, as well as updates on Damonte Ranch High School’s expansion, and an on-site look at the future new middle school in Spanish Springs.

Beyond that, there were some forward steps on a number of other projects that were taken at the last meeting of our Board of Trustees.

Q & D Construction was selected as the Pre-Construction Contractor at Risk (CMAR) for the first of our new elementary schools. If you’re unfamiliar with CMAR, and what this means, read below.

What else? A number of bids were approved for upcoming repair work, so we’re off and running on that many more projects. The contracts approved were:

  • Incline HS window replacement: Bruce Purves Construction ($1,144,336)
  • Dilworth STEM Academy boiler replacement: High Desert Plumbing, LLC, DBA Johnson Plumbing ($587,141)
  • Procter Hug HS gym locker replacement: Bruce Purves Construction ($177,910)
  • Wooster HS boiler and isolation valve replacement: Savage and Son, Inc. ($1,161,066)
  • Winnemucca ES portable classroom: Silver Knolls, Inc. ($265,270.12)
  • Whitehead ES portable classroom: Silver Knolls, Inc. ($232,912.68)

That’s all for now, but more big announcements coming soon – stay tuned!
CMAR (continued from above): Basically what this means is that Q & D Construction will be working with the architect while they draw up the plans for the building in order to identify cost savings, spot constructability issues, and other things to incorporate into the architectural design. Once the plans are done, Q & D submits a “guaranteed maximum price” (GMP) to the District for building the school. If we like that price, then Q & D becomes the general contractor for building the school, and it’s on them to keep to that price. If we don’t like the GMP, we can put it out as a regular bid that any contractor can compete for. This, CMAR, is a good process, particularly for our first schools. They are “prototype schools,” meaning new designs that we haven’t built before. Building brand new projects and working on tight timelines is what CMAR is meant for. Our timelines are certainly tight – “miss by a month miss by a year” is a saying our staff uses when talking about opening a school.