Tuesday, January 8, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
After more than a year of conference calls, committee meetings and public hearings, the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education is set to take action on a proposed facilities master plan.
The board is scheduled to vote on the administration’s recommendation to accept the scope of work in the full plan, which is roughly 120 pages, during a regular meeting on Jan. 8.
The range of capital improvements in the master plan runs the gamut, encompassing basic life safety maintenance projects to relatively obscure improvements like electrical upgrades and air conditioning installation to work like classroom and lab upgrades and re-positioning athletic fields.
As a whole, the master plan encompasses possibly the most extensive capital improvement campaign in the district’s history and likely its costliest and lengthiest. District officials estimate that the full plan could cost upwards of $100 million and take nearly a decade to complete.
The vote on Jan. 8 would set in motion a series of events, such as the initiation of pre-design and design phases of construction and the selection of a construction manager to oversee the capital work, that would directly apply to the master plan’s initial phase — the first, and most extensive, of three phases.
During earlier conversations, district officials and architects with Perkins and Will, the firm hired last year to facilitate the master planning process, said that the first phase of work would feature projects that were listed as highest priority among a consensus of community members, students and building administrators at the three campuses.
That first phase would cost an estimated $77 million and includes work at all three schools that could take until 2022 to complete. Around $48 million of that total expenditure, or 62 percent, would go toward improvements at Proviso East while $24 million, or 31 percent, would go toward improvements at Proviso West, and $5 million, or 7 percent, would go toward improvements at Proviso Math and Science Academy.
The most expensive phase one capital projects at East include nearly $12 million in second- and third-floor electrical upgrades, $3.5 million in parking improvements (including new parking on the east side of First Avenue) and a stadium reconstruction project costing $7.4 million (and that would include demolishing both the auto shop building and the current stadium before building a new stadium with an artificial turf field and a new running track).
Proposed first phase improvements at East that are listed in the master facilities capital plan. | Perkins and Will
At West, the biggest phase one project is $15.6 million in third-floor improvements, including the installation of building-wide air conditioning, upgraded electrical systems and modernized classrooms, among other work.
At PMSA, the biggest phase one project is $4.5 million in parking lot and traffic control improvements, including the reconfiguration of the parking lot.
During a regular meeting on Dec. 11, D209 Supt. Jesse Rodriguez said that the district already has on hand around $60 million to fund the phase one projects. He said that the other $17 million would be available through allocating three years of budget surpluses.
The second and third phases of the master plan could take construction work into 2028. District officials estimate that the second phase could cost $20 million and last from fiscal years 2023 to 2025. District officials did not attach a cost estimate to the third phase, which could last until 2028, because it was too far out.
Architects and construction experts say that it’s difficult to determine cost estimates that are so far into the future, since factors like inflation and material costs could change tremendously.
Click the image below to read the full master plan document.