Three demolition contractors placed bids in an effort to gain control over the first phase of the Cleveland High School gym project.
Upland Design Group architect Brian Templeton suggested the school board approve J & J Contractors from Chattanooga.
He explained the firm had the lowest bid at $319,500. Approximately $20,000 of the total bid makes up a contingency fund. Monies not used from the contingency fund will be change ordered out of the value of the project.
Although the demolition contractor is stationed in Chattanooga, both the electrical and mechanical subcontractors are Cleveland-based.
The Cleveland Board of Education approved the suggestion.
The contractors will join prep work being completed on the gymnasium.
According to a timeline provided by UDG, J & J Construction will gain control of the building on May 12. Demolition will begin May 23. A pile of rubble and dirt will likely stand in the place of the current Raider Dome by July 25.
Templeton added, “I am excited to say we have taken some pretty major steps forward in the demolition project.”
He presented the proposed Phase 2 schematic design of the gym project to the school board and those in attendance.
The upper-level floor plan includes an entry vestibule, expanded lobby, concessions, storage, restrooms, a ticket booth, elevator, four classrooms with moveable partitions, a walking track and new lobby doors to block off the rest of the school from the gymnasium area.
The lower-level floor plan includes wellness locker rooms, team locker rooms, two coach’s office suites, two meeting rooms (one attached to each suite), laundry room, several storage areas, an athletic training room, a basketball court, cheerleader practice area and aerobics room.
Two large rooms underneath the lobby will be offered as a bid alternative.
Templeton listed the suggested uses of one room as either a larger aerobics room or weightlifting area, and the other as staff offices or a locker room. Contractors will determine how much the project will cost before the school commits.
A weight-training area attached to the east side of the building facing the football field will be offered as another bid alternative.
An exterior view of the proposed design shows a reflection of the “architectural vocabulary” seen in the current science wing.
The proposed new gym will be a total of 61,968 square feet, including the upper and lower levels. This is significantly larger than the Raider Dome. The parking lot will lose 30 spots through the expansion. Templeton stressed 55 spaces will be saved.
He also added there will be six new handicapped-accessible spaces to meet proper ADA requirements.
Hal Taylor, director of maintenance and transportation, will take over as the gym project manager. A fellow staff member will shoulder some of Taylor’s daily responsibilities throughout the next 12 to 15 months. An additional temporary, part-time hire will also join the maintenance dept.
Board members thanked Templeton for his and Upland Design Group’s work on the project so far.