Contracts for new school approved
by James Phillips
May 09, 2013 | 3048 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Board of Education moved the new Walker High School project forward Wednesday afternoon with the approval of two contracts.

The board approved an architectural contract with Hoover-based Lathan Associates and a construction management contract with Birmingham-based Hoar Construction. Superintendent Robert Sparkman called the approvals “significant” and said work on the project would begin next week.

“We’ve already got a lot of architectural plans, but we are going to revisit those before they are finalized,” Sparkman said.

Sparkman said he expected area residents would see movement and work being done on the site of the new school within 60 to 90 days.

“Now that we have an architect and construction manager, I expect things will start moving pretty fast.” he said.

During the meeting, Sparkman told board members the Hoar contract would begin on June 1. The contract was originally scheduled to end on June 30, 2015, but a change now has that end date open until work begins.

“The date was an estimate. It will be adjusted based on several factors,” he said.

A second adjustment was made to the construction management contract before it was approved that stated no payments would be made until funding is secured. The school is being funded by a recent 1 percent sales tax increase, which was approved by the Jasper City Council. The budget for the school is $60 million.

“That amount is not chiseled in stone — it just gives us a starting point,” Sparkman said. “The architect and the construction manager will work together, finding ways to save money where we can.”

The location of the new high school will be on Viking Drive, across the street from Eastside Baptist Church. The project will include the high school building, a performing arts center and an athletic complex.