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South Albany High School Bond Project

The bond project for South Albany High School will include the development of a new multi-purpose/auxiliary gym, theater upgrades, the renovation for CTE classrooms, plus the development of new CTE spaces. The theater upgrades will support the construction of a lobby, concessions, elevator addition, and a restroom expansion. Also includes HVAC renovations of Buildings 1 & 6, air handler modifications, and additions to the buildings for better comfort and energy efficiency.


Current Activities

October saw tremendous progress in Building 10, both inside and out. Within the existing building, the second-floor classroom over-looking the main gym, and its associated new restroom, received sheetrock, painting, lighting, casework and most of the flooring, as well as installation of their doors and windows. Both the new and existing lobbies received sheetrock, as well as the new hallway running along the east side of the new auxiliary gym; the restrooms were tiled. The new lobby and gym received their ductwork, fire sprinklers, and the new gym ceiling was painted, and lighting installed. The new main electrical room and fire riser rooms were outfitted with their respective gear, and the building’s elevator installation was started. On the outside, the new PVC roof, manufactured by Carlisle, was installed, exterior metal cladding added, and sitework to support new storm water planters
and associated ramps around the new construction installed.

The Building 5 Wood Shop Classroom saw electrical rough-in and sheetrock completed this month. Buildings 4 & 5 Covered Canopy received its metal roof and had its metal screen wall frames installed at each of the East and West ends to replace the previous concrete walls that were removed early on in the project.

Gerding Builders worked very hard to finalize punch list and other construction activities in Buildings 1, 2, 4, 5 & 8, so they can focus around Building 10 in the remaining months of the project.

Activities Scheduled for the Next Period

November will see installation of Building 10 gym equipment as well as its wood floor. Restroom partitions, as well as remaining flooring work will be installed, along with remaining storm water planters around the outside and final elevator work inside. The new lobby walls will be painted, lights installed, and the storefront windows installed. The building’s prominent Redhawk red siding will also be seen installed early in the month.

At other locations Building 4 will commence with the HVAC Testing, Adjusting, Balancing (TAB) work in support of associated commissioning activities.

Highlights, Challenges, Solutions

Building 4 HVAC Commissioning. Due to some design and field issues, there were delays in starting HVAC commissioning activities. The team focused on ensuring enough system performance to support teaching and student activities in order to make the delays viable for the school. Now that final modifications have been made, final commissioning is planned to start in November.

End of Underground Pipes. Gerding Builders needed assistance from the design team (DLR Group and K&D Engineering) regarding how to seal the end of underground tunnels containing hot water piping, after sections had been removed to make room for the new Building 10 structure. A concerted effort was required as field slope and depth measurements were needed to make decisions regarding the need for new vaults, sump pumps and thermal expansion of the hot water piping through the sealing assembly; all within a timely manner due to the construction schedule. Tracking the issues through the various team members was critical to make sure nothing was slowing up the end product of a quick resolution. The end result was no new vaults, a simple and effective end-of-pipe sealing assembly, and only one new sump added to an existing vault.

Building 10 Roof. The installation, as provided by Evergreen Roofing, of this new roof is high quality overall. However, during some of the warmer days, some aspects of the installation came into question over a two-week period in October. As a result, throughout the month various project team members reviewed the roof, including DLR Architectural Group, Certa, the building envelope consultant and the regional roof manufacturer from Carlisle. Plans are for final fact-finding and an agreed upon resolution will result in early November.

Construction Schedule

Pre-Design & Schematics


10/12/17 100%
Design Development 10/12/17 01/10/18 100%
Construction Documents 01/10/18 04/16/18 100%
Bid and Award 04/16/18 05/21/18 100%
Construction Documents (Revised) 07/10/18 11/01/18 100%
Bid and Award 10/24/18 12/10/18 100%
Construction 01/04/19 12/24/19 75%
Building Commissioning 07/08/19 01/08/20 10%
Owner Occupancy 01/09/20 01/23/20 0%
Post Occupancy Evaluation 01/24/20 01/31/20 0%

Initial Design Drawings and Renderings

Click HERE for initial design drawings.

Click HERE for photo-realistic design renderings.