Lawrence Voters Invest in Secondary School Improvements

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June 25, 2018, Bond Update - Lawrence High School (View Report PDF)
rendering of open media commons area On June 25, 2018, the Lawrence Board of Education will meet for a work session to review the progress of the design development phase of the Lawrence High School bond project. Gould Evans architects will share information about the $51 million project's goals, school community engagement, concept and site development, a furniture pilot project, sustainability and wellness, and schedule and budget.
 
The goals of the Secondary Schools Facility Master Plan include creating 21st-century environments to support student-centered learning, accommodating a growing student population, providing a safe and secure campus, accommodating student privacy, creating equity across district facilities, and upgrading mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems to support high-performance schools. 
 
The current designs for Lawrence High include an innovation district connecting core classrooms to hands-on learning opportunities in career and technical education courses. A wellness/athletic district consolidates programs related to health, wellness, nutrition, fitness, and athletics. An open dining commons and media center at the heart of the school (pictured here) extends the flexibility and function of those areas. Expanded courtyards provide outdoor learning opportunities and daylight to all core classrooms. A new wayfinding pattern unifies the various buildings that compose LHS and strategic additions create a single campus with controlled access during school hours for improved safety and security. The plan enlarges undersized core classrooms and corridors to bring the school's capacity to 2,000 students. 
 
The project timeline shows construction beginning in early 2019 and continuing through August of 2021.
 
June 11, 2018, Bond Update - Liberty Memorial Central and West Middle Schools (View Report PDF) 
On June 11, 2018, the Lawrence Board of Education hosted a work session to hear an update from Clark Huesemann architects about the program and design development phase of the Liberty Memorial Central and West Middle School projects. Both are slated for bidding in November and construction next spring. The architects have met with school-based Design and Construction Committees and district-level committees to discuss programmatic and special education needs and interests of the LGBTQ community. They have surveyed staff and met with school site councils. As a result, project goals are to create shared, flexible, active, visible, transparent, and diverse spaces that enable student choice and anytime, anywhere learning. 
 
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School's $4.3 million project includes modernization of the library media center, auditorium improvements, restroom and locker room renovations, the addition of learning pockets (breakout spaces) to hallways, roofing repairs, LED lighting upgrades, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing improvements.
 
West Middle School's $9.8 million project includes modernization of the library media center, STEM lab improvements, restroom and locker room renovations, the addition of learning pockets (breakout spaces) to hallways, roofing repairs, LED lighting upgrades, fire sprinkler upgrades, and replacement of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.
 
May 14, 2018, Bond Project Update - Free State High School (View Report PDF)
Schematic Design of Free State High addition At its September 25, 2017 meeting, the Lawrence Board of Education approved the owner construction management at-risk services agreement for the 2017 Bond Project with McCownGordon Construction for the Lawrence High, Free State High, and middle school projects.
 
(Image of Free State High east classroom addition shown at left.)

Gould Evans Architects began working with Henderson Engineers and McCownGordon Construction on the design for these projects in August of this school year. A building-level design and construction committee was engaged in regular meetings to better inform design decisions to meet the goals identified in the 2017 bond master plan. Those goals include:
  • Provide flexible spaces to enhance students’ educational experiences and opportunities to collaborate, create, and innovate.
  • Modernize library media centers.
  • Upgrade infrastructure and building systems to deliver more energy efficient, high-performance schools that promote student/staff wellness and success.
  • Renovate restrooms and locker rooms to provide increased privacy to students.
 
Schematic image of Free State High media stair Approximately 340 contractors were invited to bid the projects, and 99 responded to the bid opening. Ninety-four percent of the subcontracted value is from within 60 miles of Lawrence, 82% are from within the state of Kansas, and more than 20% are Lawrence trade partners.
 
(Image of Free State High media stair shown at left.)

All project goals were met within the allocated bond budgets for these projects. Some additional scope items were also captured from reallocated funds from the premium on the first bond sale, including flooring replacement and new paint finishes in existing classrooms, upgrades to LED site lighting, and the addition of an outdoor classroom area, new greenhouse, and a wind turbine to help promote district wellness initiatives. 
 
Construction is scheduled to begin in late summer with project completion by the start of the 2019-20 school year.

McCownGordon Construction has submitted a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction services for Free State High School as follows:

Current Contract Amount (Pre-Construction - Roof) $358,445
Construction Bids $13,634,350

Total GMP $13,992,795
 
April 9, 2018, Bond Project Update - South and Southwest Middle Schools (View Report PDF)

Image of Southwest Media Center At its September 25, 2017, meeting, the Lawrence Board of Education approved the owner-construction management at-risk services agreement for the 2017 Bond Project with McCownGordon Construction for the Lawrence High, Free State High, and middle school projects. The initial pre-construction services agreement in the amount of $1,234,938 received prior approval by the board of education.

(Image of Southwest Middle School Library/Media Center shown at left.) 

Clark/Huesemann Architects began working with Henderson Engineers and McCownGordon Construction on the design for these projects in August of this school year. A building-level design and construction committee was engaged in regular meetings to better inform design decisions to meet the goals identified in the 2017 bond master plan. Those goals included: 

  • Provide flexible spaces to enhance students’ educational experiences and opportunities to collaborate, create, and innovate.
  • Modernize library media centers.
  • Upgrade infrastructure and aging building systems to deliver more energy efficient, high-performance schools that promote student/staff wellness and success.
  • Renovate restrooms and locker rooms to provide increased privacy to students.


Image of South Middle School Library Media Center Approximately 350 contractors were invited to bid the projects, and 53 responded when bids were opened on March 6th. Ninety-six percent of the subcontracted value is from within 60 miles of Lawrence and more than 50% are Lawrence trade partners.   

(Image of South Middle School Library/Media Center shown at left.)

All project goals were met within the allocated bond budgets for these projects. Some additional scope items were also captured from the Capital Improvement Plan, including renovations to the Southwest gymnasium and upgrades to the STEM labs in both middle schools. Construction is scheduled to occur this summer with project completion by the start of the 2018-19 school year. 

McCownGordon Construction has submitted a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction services for South and Southwest Middle Schools as follows: 

Current Contract Amount
$1,234,938

South & Southwest Middle Schools Package #1
$4,662,059

Total GMP
$5,896,997

The Board approved the GMP for South and Southwest Middle Schools Package #1.
 
December 11, 2017, Bond Construction Update Work Session

The Lawrence Board of Education met for a work session at 6 p.m. on December 11, 2017, to review schematic designs for additions and renovations at Free State High School. The improvements are the result of the successful $87 million bond election approved by voters last May. Chief Operations Officer Kyle Hayden reviewed the bond project timeline, sharing that design development for the Free State High project should be completed by April, making way for the bid and pre‐construction process to begin.

"We're in a good place. We're on the same schedule that we anticipated when we started this process in August," said Hayden of the timeline.
 
Gould Evans, the architects on the Free State High project, surveyed staff and students and engaged a school-based Design and Construction Committee of staff and parents to generate ideas for meeting the project's goals, including creating 21st-century learning environments, accommodating a growing student population (2,000-student capacity), providing a safe and secure campus, accommodating student privacy, creating equity across the district and implementing strategic high-performance building systems upgrades.
 
In order to re-center an academic space as the heart of the school, Free State's design includes connecting the dining commons to a reimagined media center. Other improvements include adding a centrally located learning commons or multiuse space, creating secondary and tertiary learning spaces outside of classrooms, moving special education classrooms to the current media center location, addressing student privacy issues by remodeling restrooms and locker rooms, and adding eight classrooms to the east end of the building.
 
November 27, 2017, Board Approves Architectural Services Contracts
The Lawrence Board of Education approved agreements for architectural services with Clark Huesemann, TreanorHL, Gould Evans Associates and BG Consultants for 2017 bond construction projects.
 
August 14, 2017, Selection of Architectural Design Firms
The Lawrence Board of Education gave the green light to proceed with contract negotiations for architectural design and construction administration of the $87 million in secondary school facility improvements approved by voters on May 2, 2017. Following the school district’s request for qualifications, eight responses were received. Four firms were interviewed and evaluated on various criteria, including:
  • background and relevant experience.
  • fee structure.
  • management approach to communicating and collaborating with stakeholders.
  • information on sub-consultant engineering firms.
  • references.
  • understanding and approach to designing toward 21st-century teaching and learning. 
  • understanding the critical issues and challenges in these projects and having an approach to solving them.
 
The district will negotiate contracts with three local firms. Gould Evans will oversee the planning and design of Lawrence High and Free State High Schools. Clark|Huesemann will lead projects at all four middle schools, and Treanorhl will design improvements to the Lawrence College and Career Center. Henderson Engineers will partner on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades on both high school projects. It is anticipated that contracts will be ready for board approval in September. 
 
About our architectural, design and engineering partners:
Gould Evans, a local firm with a national presence, is led by John Wilkins, a long-time Lawrence resident. Gould Evans has worked with Lawrence Public Schools for more than 20 years, including leading the development of the secondary facility master plan and designing renovations at Cordley, Hillcrest, New York, Sunset Hill, Pinckney and Woodlawn Elementary Schools, as part of the 2013 school bond issue. Gould Evans brings an innovative, research-based approach to planning and designing schools. They know how to successfully engage the school community and lead us toward solutions that truly support 21st-century learning.
 
Clark/Huesemann's Steve Clark and Jane Huesemann have worked together more than 20 years in Lawrence and have a proven track record of successful projects in our community and beyond. More than 90% of their work has been renovation projects. They have demonstrated an ability to successfully transform outdated spaces into state of the art educational environments and have worked on projects in all four of our middle schools.
 
Henderson Engineers' team is led by Doug Everhart, a resident of Lawrence and the lead designer on multiple school projects completed as part of the 2013 bond issue. He also assisted the district in its secondary school facility master planning process. Having consistency in this area will serve the district well.
 
Treanorhl, a Lawrence firm for more than 30 years, has also been closely connected to the district. They have worked on more than 50 K-12 school projects and have extensive experience designing career-centered learning environments, including spaces for culinary arts, manufacturing, engineering, video production and graphic design, all of which are facets of the improvements slated for the Lawrence College and Career Center. Architects of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence teen center, Treanorhl is led by Chris Cunningham of Lawrence. The Don and Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures will be an addition to the Lawrence College and Career Center.  
 
 
July 3, 2017, Update
The Lawrence Board of Education voted on July 3, 2017, to proceed with contract negotiations for Construction Manager at Risk services from McCownGordon Construction and MarLan Construction for its 2017 school bond projects. The board selected McCownGordon to oversee an estimated $68 million in construction at Lawrence High, Free State High, and all four middle schools, and MarLan Construction to lead approximately $600,000 in construction at the Lawrence College and Career Center. Chief Operations Officer Kyle Hayden praised McCownGordon for successful oversight of nine of the district's 2013 school bond construction projects and noted that MarLan is working with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence on its new Teen Center, which will be connected to the College and Career Center. 

Following the successful completion of the 2013 school bond projects - on time and within budget, the district will continue using Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) services for its secondary school improvements. CMAR is a delivery method that entails a commitment by the Construction Manager (CM) to deliver the project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price. The CM oversees the planning, design, and construction of the projects from beginning to end to control the timeline, cost, and quality. The CM sends all of the subcontracting work out for competitive bids, and then vets the bids to ensure that the district gets the best work for the lowest cost, maximizing the value of taxpayers' investment.

The district's Request for CMAR Qualifications led to responses from ten construction companies, five of which were selected to present proposals to the Facilities Planning Committee. The team evaluated the proposals on a dozen criteria, including experience/references, cost and site management, fee structure, construction plan, and local business utilization. Hayden noted that of the subcontractors hired by McCownGordon for the district's recent school construction projects, 70% were considered local or located within 30 miles of Lawrence.

The district expects to begin construction on the secondary school projects next summer, following the design development process. These upcoming school improvements are the result of voter approval of an $87 million school bond election on May 2. 

 
May 2, 2017, Update 
The Lawrence community approved the May 2, 2017, $87 million school bond election by a margin of 74.5% on a vote of 14,300 to 4,898. Voter turnout was 35%. This page includes background information about the bond issue goals, scope, and budget. Superintendent Kyle Hayden thanked the community for its support and for putting students first.
 
Background Information - Supporting Student-Centered Learning

May 2, 2017, Lawrence School Bond Mail-Ballot Election
 
The Goal: Create school environments that support personalized learning, student engagement, and success. 
 
Facilities Master Plan 
With elementary schools transformed into 21st-century learning environments thanks to the community’s support of its 2013 school bond election, the Lawrence Board of Education turned its attention to a facilities master planning process to address the needs of the middle and high schools, especially Lawrence High School. The board contracted Gould Evans Associates, which met with a Facilities Planning Committee, Lawrence High Steering Committee, and middle and high school administrators and staff, conducted focus groups and student surveys, visited districts with new high school facilities of similar size, and worked with engineering and construction firms on a comprehensive analysis of programmatic and building system needs. 
 
 
cover of facilities master plan
 
Public Survey
The district contracted with Patron Insight to conduct a scientific telephone survey to gauge public support of the projects identified in the facilities master plan. Here is a report detailing the results of the survey of 400 heads of households who are registered voters in USD 497: Patron Insight Community Telephone Survey
 
Board Approves Bond Resolution
On January 9, the school board voted unanimously to authorize and call for an $87 million, mail-ballot election on May 2.
 
The board approved asking USD 497 voters to decide this ballot question: 
 
Shall Unified School District No. 497, Douglas County, Kansas, (Lawrence), issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $87,000,000 to pay the costs to: construct additions to and renovate, improve, repair, equip and furnish Lawrence High School, the other existing secondary schools including Lawrence Free State High School, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, South Middle School, Southwest Middle School, West Middle School, and the College and Career Center; to make technology improvements throughout the district; to undertake all other necessary improvements related thereto; and to pay fees and expenses related thereto; all pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 10-101 et seq., K.S.A 25-431 et seq., K.S.A. 25-2018(f), K.S.A. 72-6761 and K.S.A. 75-2315 et seq.?  
 
 
flyer with an overview of bond election information  
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Video Presentation: USD 497's May 2, 2017, School Bond Mail-Ballot Election (16 minutes)
 
 
 
The May 2, 2017, Lawrence School Bond Mail-Ballot Election: 

 

  • Creates flexible spaces to enhance students’ educational experiences through opportunities to collaborate, create and innovate.
  • Addresses equity across school facilities.
  • Improves safety and security. 
  • Accommodates student enrollment growth. 
  • Delivers energy-efficient, high-performance schools that promote student and staff wellness and success and generate cost savings. (Utility savings estimated at $100,000/year.)
schematic drawing of proposed improvements to LHS  
 
 
 
  • Provide a safe and secure campus
  • Create flexible student collaboration spaces 
  • Enlarge classrooms, corridors and kitchen 
  • Establish outdoor learning areas 
  • Modernize library media center
  • Renovate annex classrooms, auxiliary gym, natatorium, weight room, fine arts spaces, career and technical education areas, restrooms and locker rooms
  • Upgrade infrastructure and aging building systems
  • Make site improvements 
schematic drawing of proposed improvements to FSHS  
 

Free State High School (PDF)

  • Add classrooms and multi-purpose space to accommodate growth
  • Create flexible student collaboration spaces
  • Modernize library media center
  • Expand and improve parking and sidewalks
  • Upgrade infrastructure and aging building systems
  • Renovate restrooms and locker rooms 
 schematic drawing of proposed improvements to LMCMS  
schematic drawing of proposed improvements to SMS  
schematic drawing of proposed improvements to SWMS  
schematic drawing of proposed improvements to WMS  
All Middle Schools: LMCMS, SMS, SWMS, WMS (PDFs)
  • Create flexible student collaboration spaces
  • Modernize library media center
  • Upgrade infrastructure and aging building systems
  • Renovate restrooms and locker rooms 
 
Lawrence College and Career Center
  • Finish space to move culinary arts program from Holcom
  • Improve existing educational spaces
  • Prepare connection to future Boys and Girls Club Teen Center
 
Proposed Budget - $87 Million
Lawrence High - $50.8M
Free State High - $15.2M
West Middle School - $9.8M 
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School - $4.3M 
Southwest Middle School - $4.3M 
South Middle School - $1.8M
Lawrence College and Career Center - $600,000
Technology - Data and Information Management Systems - $200,000
 
2013 Bond Issue Construction Update
 
 
Deerfield's renovated library media center Schwegler's new courtyard Students use a flexible space for collaborative learning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks to Lawrence voters’ approval of a $92.5 million school bond issue on April 2, 2013, the school district and its architectural, construction, and engineering partners have worked to improve facilities, enhance technology and expand career and technical educational opportunities for students. USD 497 has completed 20 of 21 projects, including the transformation of older central and east Lawrence elementary schools and construction of the Lawrence College and Career Center at 29th and Haskell Ave.
 
One project remains: Pinckney Elementary students and staff were relocated to East Heights for the 2016-17 school year, while their $6.8 million construction project takes place on their home campus. Scheduled to be complete by July of 2017, Pinckney’s improvements include new classrooms, kitchen and dining commons, a re-oriented entrance along Sixth Street with secure entry and office area, remodeling of existing classrooms and the library media center, and the addition of learning pockets. Pinckney will celebrate its 85th anniversary when the school reopens in August of 2017.  
 
(Pictured above: Deerfield's renovated library media center, Schwegler's renovated outdoor learning courtyard, and Cordley students using a new flexible learning space for collaboration.)

Architect Project Summaries Related to the 2013 Bond Issue:

  • Gould Evans Associates- Cordley, Hillcrest, Langston Hughes, New York, Sunset Hill, Woodlawn, and Pinckney.

 

  • BG Consultants -  Quail Run, Broken Arrow, Prairie Park, Sunflower and Liberty Memorial Central, South, Southwest, and West Middle Schools.

 

  • Sabatini - Kennedy, Schwegler, Deerfield, Lawrence College & Career Center and Free State and Lawrence High Schools



2013 Bond Issue Project Videos: