All houses by Jefferson City High School where athletic facilities will be built have been demolished, and excavation is expected to begin shortly.
The seven remaining houses where the athletic facilities will be located were demolished and hauled off last week. There is still some minor work left to do with the demolition and removal of utilities that is expected to be done this week, JC Schools Director of Facilities Frank Underwood said.
Jeff Schnieders Construction has installed erosion control, stripped the southwest corner of the site between Case Avenue and Stadium Boulevard, and hauled in more than 100 loads of fill from another site.
The district’s grading permit allows it to haul in some additional loads if needed until Sept. 6, but no other work can take place by then until the permit is issued.
The city has approved road closures on Case Avenue, Union Street, and Oberman Place between Jackson and Adams streets, and the district has installed temporary barricades in hopes of “keeping students from developing traffic patterns down those streets with school starting Monday,” Underwood said.
The site plan is being finalized, and the district is waiting for the City Council to approve the vacating of right of ways on the streets.
“The city has told me they would like two weeks to review before issuing the grading permit,” Underwood said. “The grading permit can be issued as soon as the vacating of right of ways is approved by the council. We have been told the vacating of right of ways will go to City Council on Sept. 7.”
The council is going to request a suspension of the rules in hopes to discuss and approve it in one meeting, he said.
“With that being said, we would hope to have the grading permit ready to be issued by Sept. 8,” he said. “For that to happen, we really need the site plan in the city’s hands early (this) week.”
The majority of construction for the JCHS athletic facility is expected to be complete by mid-2022. The construction will include: a baseball/
softball field with dugouts, bullpens, batting cages and bleachers; a press box, concessions, restrooms and storage facilities for use between fields; a soccer field with lighting and home and visitor bleachers; a tennis complex with eight tennis courts and a pavilion with restrooms, concessions, storage and a viewing deck; and elevation of visitors bleachers at Adkins Stadium.
Capital City High School’s athletic facility construction will include: a pressbox, home and visiting team bleachers, concessions, restrooms and locker rooms for use between the football and soccer fields; dugouts, a press box, concessions, restrooms and storage areas at the baseball/softball complex; and event parking adjacent to the soccer and football fields and near the tennis courts.
Since the groundwork for the CCHS athletic facility additions has already been laid, the project will not require as much preparation, such as excavation and demolition.
A timeline for the CCHS project likely won’t be available until after bids for subcontractors go out this fall, said Dawn Berhorst, JC Schools interim chief operating officer.
District administrators originally planned for the fields to be ready for use by Monday, but the plan changed as they realized the schedule was unrealistic.
In early June, Underwood said he expected excavation for the JCHS project to begin in late June. However, construction costs caused
The original estimated cost for the projects was $20 million. The cost includes the athletic facility projects at JCHS and Capital City High School and the addition of roads behind Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Lawson Elementary School, as that project was included in the same contract.
However, the cost has become higher than expected.
“It has become clear in recent months that construction and material costs are at an all-time high, which is something being seen across the country,” Berhorst said earlier this month. “This has required us to look for ways to reduce cost without compromising the quality and functionality of the finished project.”
By delaying construction, the district hopes to still stay within the $20 million budget.
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