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North Royalton High School addition-renovation to cost no more than $40 million

December 21, 2018

North Royalton High School addition-renovation to cost no more than $40 million

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio -- The North Royalton schools will pay Hammond Construction Inc. of Canton no more than $40 million to manage a building addition and renovation at North Royalton High School.

That’s according to a “guaranteed-maximum price” agreement the school board unanimously approved Dec. 10.

Under the agreement, if the final project cost exceeds the GMP, Hammond is on the hook for the overage -- unless the district decides to expand the scope of work, in which case the schools would pay. If the project ends up costing less than the GMP, the savings would return to the schools.

Schools Superintendent Greg Gurka said the district will seek bids for construction of the high school addition-renovation in early January. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of March 24, during spring break.

The high school addition-renovation is part of an overall district reconstruction and renovation project, which also involves replacing Albion, Royal View and Valley Vista elementary schools with one new school and renovating North Royalton Middle School.

Gurka said the district will host a state-of-the-schools and state-of-construction meeting for the community at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the high school’s Performing Arts Center.

In May 2017, voters approved a 4.4-mill bond issue and a 0.5-mill tax levy that will generate $88.9 million for the plan. The board has approved borrowing the money, which property owners will repay over 30 years.

The borrowed money, in addition to the new property tax, will cost the owner of a home valued at $200,000 an additional $18.08 a month, or $217 a year.

In July, the North Royalton Planning Commission gave final approval to the high school site plan, which includes expansion of an existing stormwater management basin to handle additional rain runoff.

Construction on the overall district project started this summer with roof work and tuckpointing at the middle school. Also, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning units in the middle school gyms were replaced.

Behind the high school -- where workers will build a 100,000-square-foot addition to an existing 150,000-square-foot portion of the building and tear down a section of building constructed in the 1950s -- work was done last summer on a loop road for school buses. 

As for the new elementary school, Gurka said the design is nearly complete. The school, slated for the southwest corner of State Road and Valley Parkway adjacent to the Cleveland Metroparks, is scheduled to open in August 2021. 

The elementary school will measure about 145,000 square feet. The plan will include access drives off State, a bus and emergency vehicle road looping around the building, two playgrounds and a stormwater management area. Also, two parking lot loops will allow parents to drop off their children.

Gurka said the district is still working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on wetlands issues at the elementary school site.

“We have submitted an application to the (U.S.) Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio EPA for the mitigation of the wetlands on the site and are awaiting their approval,” Gurka told cleveland.com in an email.

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