Candy’s Creek Elementary School budget reductions get nod from Cleveland board

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 7/19/17

In the June Board of Education meeting, Cleveland City School Board members learned that the Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School project had come in $1,383,237 over budget.

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Candy’s Creek Elementary School budget reductions get nod from Cleveland board

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In the June Board of Education meeting, Cleveland City School Board members learned that the Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School project had come in $1,383,237 over budget.

A month and a half of work was put in by Upland Design Group, Director of Transportation and Maintenance/Project Manager Hal Taylor and J&J Constructors Inc., with the result of their post-bid Value Engineering options producing $528,707 in savings and bringing J&J’s contract amount down to $14,308,293.

“With the price of construction where it is today due to the growth in Cleveland and this whole area, I think we have a good number,” Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer said.

With all costs included, the Candy’s Creek Cherokee project will still come in $686,032 over the original $15 million budget. During the July 10 city voting session, the city voted to approve paying for up to $15,417,000 in construction costs, with CCS being responsible for any related construction expenditures above that amount.

“The city council has approved their number and what we’re going to do from our budget is fund the contingency pieces. That will be reimbursed to us once the American Uniform building money comes in 2019,” Dyer explained.

“It’s creative financing, but it’s something we can work with and do to get what we need.”

What was most important for the school board was knowing that any changes made to the project for budget reasons did not negatively affect any educational aspect of the school.

“They are cuts that you’ll never see from the standpoint of the children getting education and the teachers,” Taylor stated.

It was noted by board member Peggy Pesterfield that Taylor, Upland Design Group and J&J Constructors did a really good job on Value Engineering, which allowed them to keep the multipurpose room in the plans.

Some of the omitted items include:

• Omit the air lock entrance vestibule

• Replace the operable partitions in the flex classrooms with fixed walls

• Change the brick size from a standard modular to a larger utility size

• Change the interior geothermal piping from steel to HDPE

• Make slight size adjustments to the skylight sizes

• Omit the restroom/shower from the gym teacher’s office

• Omit the restroom from the librarian’s office

• Omit sinks and casework from the art and music storage rooms

• Change some of the exterior metal wall panel construction

• Changed manufacturers on some of the plumbing and light fixtures

• Changed manufacturers on the door hardware exit devices.

None of the changes to Candy’s Creek Cherokee will have a negative impact on the educational aspect of the school.

“I’m very pleased. We have worked extensively on this project, well before I even got here, with the city officials to really get the number where it needs to be as far as the price tag, without sacrificing what happens in the classroom,” Dyer commented.

“We can change the kind of window we might have or change the type of piping, but I don’t want to change what happens in that classroom setting — that is the most important thing and we were able to preserve that, and it’s going to be a high quality product.”

The new budget was accepted in a motion made by Steve Morgan and seconded by Charlie Cogdill.

According to Upland Design Group’s Brian Templeton ground could be broken on Candy’s Creek Cherokee in the next three to four weeks, with the 18-month project still being completed in time for the expected fall of 2019 opening.

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saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com

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