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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.

A fire (original statement & update) in the construction area on December 10, 2019 and subsequent cleanup and restoration impacted progress. See below for more details.


Current Activities

March saw the significant milestone of a finished gym floor in the Building 10 Aux Gym Complex. The reason this is significant is because it marks the passing of construction progress that was seen December 10, 2019, when the fire at South occurred and stopped construction. Following the floor installation, gym floor striping, RedHawks logo and the gym bleachers were installed. The new elevator passed inspection by the State inspector and the new gym AV system was started up and tested. The new bus loop gates were tested, and District personnel trained. Testing Adjusting and Balancing (TAB) for air handling heating and cooling systems was also completed for Buildings 4, 5 & 10 in preparation for final commissioning of those systems in April. All construction rock planned for removal was removed from the Gerding Builders construction trailer area, leaving a zero-cost area of rock for school use.

Activities Scheduled For Next Period

April will see the final commissioning activities in Buildings 4, 5 & 10, including sequence of operation changes made for the Building 4 Metal Shop, Central Plant equipment in Building 5, and new air handlers in Building 10. This includes what are called pre-functional check lists for each piece of equipment and every sensor and actuator in the system, final programming, temperature trending for heating and cooling control loop tuning, as well as overall final functional testing between all systems.

The lighting system in Building 10 will be commissioned in April as well. DLR and The District are scheduled to perform final punch listing April 1, 2020. The last of fencing installation around Building 10 is planned for April 3, 2020 as Gerding Builders prepares to demobilize. Elevator training for the District is scheduled for April 7, 2020. The Divider Curtain is schedule for installation on April 10, 2020. Final attic stock for the project will be provided from Gerding by April 15, 2020.

The Project team will track completion of punch list items, demobilize Gerding Builders construction trailer, and begin the final pay application and lien release paperwork to close the project out.

Highlights, Challenges, Solutions

As Gerding Builders began wrapping up activities in preparation for substantial and final completion phases of the project, several areas of focus required attention by the project team. First, was the rise of COVID-19, impacting all parties, but especially the District. The team immediately shifted to virtualize regular weekly construction meetings, some training and startup meetings, and construction site observation protocols. In addition, HMK worked with Gerding Builders to make sure policies were made and published for the construction site. Finally, the remaining material delivery delays were managed and tracked, with the last being the Divider Curtain for the gym by Arizona Courtlines.

The project team is planning on a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and will base its timing on when State directives allow for a safe gathering to attend it.

Another area of focus was the discussion of 3-way control valves for the heating water system at each new air handler in Buildings 4 & 10. This required several iterations with DLR, Long Building Controls, and the valve actuator manufacturer Belimo. The project team needed to garner alignment between all parties before proceeding with water balancing (TAB) and ensuing commissioning activities. This caused a delay to the commissioning timeline, but no impact to the use of the school.

Finally, an elusive hum noise was plaguing the new AV systems provided in the classrooms, which included a District-provided LightSpeed audio product. This District standard product is intended to HMKCO help students at the rear of the class, or who have hearing impairments, to hear the teacher speak clearly. Successfully trouble-shooting this product eventually required the product’s manufacture technician to meet the DLR AV Designer, Benton Electrical electricians, and District Technology technicians on site. Once the team was assembled in the field, the solution was found quickly, and fortunately at little cost to the District.

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 03/23/20 97%
Building Commissioning 03/02/20 04/17/20 50%
Owner Occupancy 04/02/20 04/06/20 0%
Post Occupancy Evaluation 04/06/20 04/08/20 0%
Warranty Period (Bldg 10) 04/06/20 04/05/21 0%

Fire Restoration 

Current Activities

The first 2 weeks of March were used for contract issuance, planning, mobilization and ordering of materials for the ducting replacement. Materials began to arrive March 16, 2020. Installation of the ducting in the locker room began the same day. New oval ducting has been installed through out both locker rooms and will be connected to the appropriate HVAC unit in the mechanical space upstairs. The new ducting for the mechanical space upstairs began arriving March 31, 2020.

Activities Scheduled For Next Period

Installation of the new ducting in the mechanical space upstairs will begin April 1, 2020. The delivery of new ducting is scheduled every other day to allow staging and work to flow smoothly. Substantial completion is scheduled for May 19, 2020.

Highlights, Challenges, Solutions

Although it is unfortunate that schools are closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it helps our contractor move more freely throughout the building and appears to be expediting the speed of the project.


Initial Design Drawings and Renderings

Click HERE for initial design drawings.

Click HERE for photo-realistic design renderings.