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Mon February 14, 2011

Construction Moves Forward On A Variety Of Las Cruces School Projects

Las Cruces – Construction is moving forward on a variety of Las Cruces School projects.

Remodeling of library and kitchen at Loma Heights Elementary School. Educational specifications have been completed, discussed by the LCPS Board of Education and sent to the New Mexico Public Schools Finance Authority for approval. The architect is Rem Alley and Associates. The New Mexico Public Schools Finance Authority (PSFA) has approved a design option Phase I of the option includes a new multi-purpose room, kitchen, classrooms and support spaces. Phase II will include building remodeling of the 1996 additions to the school. Phase III will include abatement and demolition of the portion of the school built in 1966. The architect is revising drawings. The New Mexico Public Schools Capital Outlay Council has awarded the project $684,924 for educational specifications, planning and design. The $2,684,924 project is funded by the 2006 bond issue and PSFA. The project is expected to begin in Summer 2011. Loma Heights Elementary, 1600 E. Madrid Road, was built in 1966.

New playing fields at O ate High School, 5700 Mesa Grande Drive (built in 1993; school opened in 1988 at current Sierra Middle School site.) The architectural firm of Rem Alley and Associates of Las Cruces completed the design for the project, which has been approved. The project is being paid for by legislative appropriation and the 2006 bond issue. Smith and Aguirre will construct a girls' softball field, soccer field and security lighting at O ate. The project is complete. Improvements to the Mayfield High School girls' softball field have been added to this project, bringing its total cost to $1,052,232. Highland Enterprises is doing the construction work, and is awaiting delivery of infield material. The tentative project completion date is March 2011.

Resurfacing of tennis courts at Mayfield and O ate high schools began October 19. ASA Architects Studio did the design work and Renner Sports is doing the paving work. The $350,000 project will resurface existing tennis courts at both schools. The project is paid for with bond funds. The Mayfield and O ate courts have been resurfaced. Two new courts at Mayfield will be constructed during summer 2011.

The design to build Sonoma Ranch Boulevard and install utilities from Dripping Springs Road to the northern property line of the new high school is now 100 percent complete on design and has been approved by the city. The engineering work is being done by Bohannan Huston, Inc. of Albuquerque. Construction drawings for the roadway, intersection, signal, draining structures and off-site utilities have been approved by the City of Las Cruces. Construction work is expected to begin in February 2011 and should take 10-12 months to complete on the 1.2 miles of roadway. Since Sonoma Ranch Blvd. will be a dedicated City Road, the Public Works Department will oversee the inspection of this project.

Construction is now 95 percent complete on Mesa Middle School, 7225 Jornada Road. North. Van Gilbert and Associates Architects of Albuquerque is the architect. The school opened to sixth- and seventh-grade students November 5. It will open for eighth graders at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year. The $40,046,303 project is funded by House Bill 33, the 2008 bond issue and the PSCOC. Bradbury Stamm Construction is doing the construction work. Buildings 100, 300, 400 and 500 are complete. The school cafeteria opened to students February 7. Work is complete in buildings 100, 300, 400 and 500, with a few misc. items being completed in Building 200 and bleacher installation underway in Building 600. The installation of basketball goals is underway. Cleanup and landscaping continue and grading for the track is ongoing. At its December 15, 2009 meeting, the LCPS Board of Education voted to name the school Mesa Middle School. The school mascot is a rattler (rattlesnake). The school colors are black and gold.

A groundbreaking was held September 14, 2009 for a new high school, to be located at the intersection of Dripping Springs Road and Sonoma Ranch Boulevard. The project is now 47 percent complete. Site work continues, including curb and gutter work; paving is underway on the parking lot north of the gymnasium; painting and installation of tile and glass in the gym continues. Electrical and mechanical rough-ins, interior framing and roofing continue in the ninth-grade building, along with sheetrock installation. Interior framing continues in the career clusters. The slab is complete in the dining area. Steel erection is ongoing in the art room. Mechanical, electrical rough-ins and interior framing are ongoing in the music room. Steel erection is ongoing in the administration/media area.. The project's tentative completion date is May 2012. ASA Architects Studio and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini design firm of Albuquerque and the project's construction manager at risk, Gerald Martin General Contractor of Albuquerque, are working the facility design. The $100 million project is funded by House Bill 33, the 2008 bond issue and the New Mexico Public Schools Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC). The 344,000 square foot school is expected to open in the fall of 2012 for approximately 2,000 students.

Rem Alley and Associates architects has completed a cost proposal and schedule for a master plan for Las Cruces High School, 1755 El Paseo Road. The school was built in 1925 as Las Cruces Union High School. The current building was constructed in 1955. The work will include evaluation of space adequacy, traffic, drainage, condition of facilities, ADA compliance, etc. The $201,000 project is funded by House Bill 33 (the 2008 LCPS School Buildings Act three-mill levy). Architectural Research Consultants (ARC) of Albuquerque is working on educational specifications for the project. Rem Alley and Associates Architects is working on a facility condition report, and the architect is working on a facility assessment plan. A community meeting about the work was held October 11, 2010. The architect is working on a facility condition report. The New Mexico Public School Capital Outlay Council has awarded funding for the project.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed and sent to the PSFA for approval on a $2,939,996 project to repair and replace the roof at O ate High School. Williams Design Group is the project architect. The project is funded by the 2006 bond and the PSCOC. Roof replacement began August 4 by Commercial Roofing, based in Vinton, Texas. The project is complete. The scheduled completion date is March 29, 2011.

Mayfield High School renovations - Phase II. Work will include renovations of the nursing, administration and counseling areas and re-roofing. ASA Architects Studio is the architect for the $9,443,325 project. ESA Construction, Inc. of Albuquerque is doing the construction work. The work is funded by the PSFA and bond funds. Final project drawings were sent to the New Mexico Public Schools Finance Authority on December 30, 2010. Work is expected to begin during the summer of 2011. A pre-bid meeting was held at the school with the architect and interested contractors to explain the scope of the work. MHS, 1955 N. Valley Drive, was built in 1965.

Picacho Middle School renovation and upgrades will include the music rooms and restrooms and an upgrade to the school's heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) system. ASA Architects Studio is currently working on the project design. The $2.6 million project will be paid for with bond funds. Picacho Middle School, 1040 N. Motel Blvd., was built in 1982.

University Hills Elementary School renovation will include the renovation of older classrooms. ASA Architects studio is working on the project design. The $3 million project will be paid for with bond funds. The project is ranked #39 and will be applying for PSCOC funding. University Hills Elementary, 2005 S. Locust St., was completed in January 1965.

Vista Middle School renovation will include renovation of the school kitchen and restrooms and repaving the parking lot. Williams Design Group, the project architect, is making revisions to the project design. The $2 million project will be paid for with bond funds. Vista Middle School, 4465 Elks Drive, was built in 1988.

Jornada Elementary School renovation will include the nursing and health areas. Williams Design Group has completed the design. ESA Contractors is doing the construction work. The project completion date is mid-March 2011. The $500,000 project will be paid for with bond funds. Jornada Elementary School, 3400 Elks Drive, was built in 1969.

A separate project to renovate the HVAC system at Jornada Elementary School is 90 percent complete. Honeywell of Las Cruces is the architect for the $1.6 million project, which will be paid for with bond funds. Work began October 11. Work on the project continues, and is almost complete. The tentative completion date is February 2011.

An upgrade to the HVAC system at Alameda Elementary School will cost $1.6 million and is being paid for with bond funds. Williams Design Group has completed the project design. Bid opening for the project was held October 6. Enoch Mechanical, Inc. of Las Cruces has begun work on the project. Asbestos removal is now complete, and duct and electrical work are ongoing. The tentative completion date is June 8, 2011. Alameda Elementary School, 1325 N. Alameda Blvd., was built in 1976.

Construction began August 5 on the re-roofing of Mesilla Park Elementary School. Williams Design Group is the project architect. CD General Contractors of Las Cruces is doing the construction work. The replacement of ceilings and light fixtures has been added to the project. Work on the roof is complete. Materials removal and the installation of the new ceiling and light fixtures is ongoing. The project's tentative completion date is the end of February 2011. The $917,364 project is being paid for with bond funds. Mesilla Park Elementary School, 955 W. Union Ave., was built in 1975.

The HVAC system is being renovated at White Sands School, located on White Sands Missile Range. Honeywell of Las Cruces is the architect for the $1.5 million project, which will be paid for with bond funds. The project design has been completed. White Sands School was built in 1951.

A $2 million project will build a baseball complex at the LCPS Field of Dreams. The project architect, Williams Design Group, met with LCPS Athletic Director Ernest Viramontes January 6 to review the project's preliminary drawings. The project includes three fields and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2012. It is being paid for with 2010 bond funds. The architect is working on the project design.

Work is underway on a project to repave parking lots at Alameda, Hermosa Heights, Highland, Mesilla and Mesilla Park elementary schools; and at Vista Middle School. Star Paving is the contractor. The Hermosa Heights and Mesilla park elementary school parking lots have been repaved, with striping to follow. Paving at Highland Elementary School and Vista Middle School will follow. The tentative completion date is April 19, 2011. Williams Design Group is the project architect. The $1 million project will be paid for with bond funds.

Construction of Monte Vista Elementary School is 98 percent complete. The school opened on the first day of the 2010-11 school year, August 16. The school is located at 4675 Peachtree Hills Road. The Williams Design Group is the architect. DND Contractors, Inc. is the construction contractor. The school will open for the 2010-11 school year to more than 400 students, with an expected capacity of 600. The $19 million project is being paid for by House Bill 33 funds (2008 Building Schools Act three-mill levy). Note: At its March 16, 2010 meeting, the LCPS Board of Education voted to approve "Monte Vista" as the name of the new elementary school - as voted on by residents in the new elementary zone of attendance during a March 3 election at Sonoma Elementary School. Monte Vista Elementary School's mascot is the wolf.

The design to build Peachtree Hills Road and to make extension and infrastructure improvements on Jornada Road is complete.