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#BuildD60 Status Update: Dec. 5, 2019

posted Dec 5, 2019, 4:26 PM

With the passage of Ballot Question 4A by Pueblo voters on Nov. 5, Pueblo School District 60 and its stakeholders have begun initial plans for the improvements related to the voter-approved bond.

A key part of that bond passage is to provide continual updates to the community about each step in the process.

On Nov. 20, the process of constructing new Centennial and East high schools began with the issuance of the Request for Qualifications for Architectural/Engineering Services. This means that firms could begin making proposals to secure the contract to design the schools. The submission deadline is Dec. 11, 2019 and the final award of the contract is scheduled for the January 2020 Board of Education meeting.

The deadline to receive proposals for construction management and general contracting work on the project is Dec. 19. 

Currently, applications are being reviewed by the Superintendent’s Office for the seven- to nine-member Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC). It is anticipated that on Dec. 10, the District 60 Board of Education will appoint members to that committee. 

The specific responsibilities of the CBAC are to:

  • Actively monitor the status of all Bond Program projects through information provided by district staff and provide feedback as appropriate;
  • Participate in scheduled site visits during construction;
  • Review with district staff any significant revisions to the master schedule and the scope and budget of projects;
  • Prepare and present quarterly and annual reports to the Board of Education that represent a consensus of the CBAC membership. Such reports shall review progress on completion of Bond Program projects, expenditures of bond funds, and implementation of ballot language approved by the voters.
  • These responsibilities shall continue through completion of all 2019 Bond Program projects, culminating with a final summary report to the Board of Education.

Additionally, D60 is in the process of hiring a Bond Construction Project Manager/Owner Field Representative. This individual will serve as the on-site supervisor, and report directly to Robert Lawson, District 60 Executive Director of Facilities and Construction Management. The Project Manager will not have any independent decision-making authority. All decision-making authority will be managed by Lawson and will be made public to the CBAC and the Board of Education through transparent periodic reports.

The search for a Bond Construction Project Manager/Owner Field Representative is currently ongoing, and interested individuals can still apply.

First steps of the process

At the Nov. 5 Pueblo District 60 Board of Education meeting, District 60 Financial Officer David Horner updated board members on the preliminary stages of the projects outlined in the Bond Program.

Horner outlined the following upcoming dates as the bond program gets underway. As more details are known, future updates will include more information.

Dec. 10, 2019 (tentative): All applications received for the Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) will be reviewed by the Superintendent’s Office. Recommendations will be sent to the District 60 Board of Education, with committee members appointed at the Dec. 10 Board of Education meeting.

Dec. 11, 2019 (tentative): Submission deadline for Architectural/Engineering Services contract.

Jan. 7, 2020 (tentative): First Meeting of Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee will take place. A Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected, and the meeting calendar will be developed. 

Mid-January (tentative): The sale of the $218 million is expected to be finalized. District is in the process of hiring an Architect and General Contractors for the two new high schools. Design of the new school will start as soon as the Architect and Contractor are hired.

Spring/Summer 2020 (tentative): Renovation work will begin at schools identified in the Bond question. Renovation work on electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems will get underway, continuing around students at the various schools. Work will be done over the next several years. 

During 2020: Design and blueprints will be drawn up for construction of East and Centennial High Schools. The schools will have nearly identical floor plans. 

Spring 2021-July 2023 (Tentative): Construction of East and Centennial begins, continuing until 2023. 

August 2023 (tentative): East and Centennial’s new buildings open for students.