Construction Watch

Virginia city chooses company to construct five schools

Norfolk is teaming with S. B. Ballard Construction Co. to build five new schools for the city within the next four to five years. Three local architectural firms are working with Ballard on the design for the schools.

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Option to use sales tax for S.C. school construction costs

In South Carolina, a bill was advanced through the Senate Finance Committee that would allow school districts in all of the state’s 46 counties to ask voters to approve a 1 cent sales tax for building projects.

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New York district approves $70 million in upgrades

Voters in Schenectady approved $70 million in capital improvements in the district to deal with anticipated growth and to renovate aging school buildings. The district is counting on $66.5 million in state building aid and $3.5 million in EXCEL money to cover the full amount of the project.

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South Dakota district approves $47.7 million spending program

The Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education approved a five-year, $47.7 million spending program to build a new middle school and renovate one of the high schools.

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Three-town district in Mass. votes to back new $89M high school

Voters in the three North Middlesex Regional School District towns approved a new high school. All three must now pass a debt-exclusion ballot question at their annual elections this spring to fund the project. Construction would then begin at a cost of $89.09 million, with $40.2 million of that reimbursed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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Renovations begin on Chicago academy's new career training rooms

Chicago Vocational Career Academy has begun renovations to create new career-focused classrooms. The completed project, which is being funded by state capital dollars and delivered in 2 phases, will prepare students for jobs in a variety of industries, including horticulture, carpentry, culinary services and healthcare.

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Solar array construction completed at three Calif. schools

The construction of 1500 solar arrays at three of Willows Unified School District's campuses was completed with little disruption to the schools. Officials hope the solar project will save the district an average of $300,000 a year on utility costs over the 25-to-30-year life of the panels.

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Pa. district to close one school and demolish/rebuild another

The board voted to close Lower Milford Elementary School in several years and demolish Hopewell Elementary School. The district would then build a 57,000-square-foot school on the Hopewell property. The plan will cost $17.75 million with no set timeline.

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Jasper County district files lawsuit concerning school construction

The Jasper County School District has initiated litigation concerning the design and construction of specific elements of two school sites. After investigating the cause of sinkholes, defects in the construction of the underground storm water system have been identified.

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N.J. voters approve $116 million in school construction

New Jersey voters in 11 of 13 school districts with bond referendums this week approved $116.1 million of construction. The largest project, out of a total of $180 million proposed, failed. Voters in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District rejected $37 million in renovations to three schools.

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