Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget

Photo courtesy Gerald Schober A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.
Photo courtesy Gerald Schober
A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.

Having now awarded a contract for roof installation, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education this week finished lining up all the builders it needs for the Barth Athletics Complex’s construction.
Barring unforeseen hiccups, the facility remains on schedule to be opened to Huntington Middle School students at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The school board, at its meeting Tuesday, received a project update that coincided with its awarding of the final contract.
Construction manager Gerald Schober, in response to board member Lisa Link’s queries, said the district is so far making good on its promise to keep noise and disruption to the neighborhoods surrounding HMS to a minimum.
“We are being very good neighbors,” Schober said. “I think a testament to that is that we’ve received zero complaints since the project started.”
The projected total cost for the project remains the same as February’s estimate of $17,001,859, according to Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Julie Boucher. That includes $1,135,540 for planning, demolition of the existing facility and interim housing for the displaced faculty; $12,728,246 for the construction of the complex itself (this includes restoration of the baseball field and a change order contingency); $2,670,000 for architect fees, testing and inspection, construction management and various state fees; and $468,073 for furniture and equipment.
The change order contingency, which is $375,000, has been used once, for a $4,552 addition to the installation of the gymnasium’s air duct system.
“We’ve done a very good job of managing our project and minimizing our change orders,” Boucher said.
Schober emphasized that a project “is not done until it’s done” and that he saw a handful of change orders on the horizon, but said he felt confident they would be well within the contingency.
The district assembled revenue from a variety of sources, including $2,208,152 in state funding, $3,435,000 in district money and development fees, $4,843,000 in private donations from local residents and organizations, $6,505,207 in borrowed loan money, and a $10,500 Southern California Edison grant.
ADCO Roofing and Waterproofing Inc. was awarded the roofing contract after submitting the low bid of $573,725. This item actually had a second round of bidding after the first round in September produced a low bid in excess of $682,000, which was over budget for the roof.
Schober said that ADCO is already on site completing the facility’s locker rooms and will be able to pick up roofing immediately afterward.
In response to a question by board member C. Joseph Chang, Boucher explained that the two media classrooms were slated to have a multimedia setup for a variety of uses and also set the tone for future classroom models.
“The concept was to create them as media arts classrooms and that they would be models for future improvement of classrooms,” she said. “We haven’t worked out all those details yet or the layout of classrooms and equipment, but that is the plan.”
Schober added that bidding on some portions of the construction, including the roofing, had been deferred until the site was ready for those phases of work, to avoid cost escalation that would have been expected had bids been awarded a year or so before work began.
“There was no reason to award it and that’s why it was deferred until now,” he said.

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