2017-2018 Calendar District Calendar Sports / Activity Schedule
Schools Soda Springs High School Tigert Middle School Thirkill Elementary School School Facilities
Departments District School Board
District Staff Staff Resources
Employment Opportunities Employment Applications
Parent Links Lunch Account Education Foundation

TMS Construction Project

The School Board would like to thank patrons for their support of the TMS Construction Project.

October 19th, 2017

 

Representatives from GPC Architects and Headwaters Construction Company met with Soda Springs Board of Trustees Dan Lau and Alan Erickson, along with Superintendent Molly Stein, Business Manager Jonathan Balls, Maintenance Lead Bob Gentry and Principal Debbie Daniels to discuss early progress on the Tigert Middle School Project.

The purpose of this meeting is to validate the programming documentation to date, review the broad concept, scope schedule and budget.

The relevant programming process and documents generated from meeting with pertinent staff were reviewed and clarified. 

  1. Maintenance equipment storage and general storage was discussed.
  2. Electrical needs were discussed for the classrooms and gym storage areas.
  3. Geo Tech Reports were reviewed. Additional information regarding the existing fill was requested from the District. (The District has located this information)
  4. Asbestos removal was further discussed. (The District has detailed reports of asbestos for both the gym and annex.)
  5. The auxiliary gym space was discussed for use as a possible place for low level basketball (targeted practice and City Recreation) practice in addition to the previous discussions of wrestling, PE, cheerleading, dance etc. It was the consensus of the group that the addition of adequate floor markings and retractable nets would make the area useful in a limited capacity for basketball if necessary. No design changes would be required.
  6. Reports were given on the status of the current HVAC system and the ability to tie into the new construction. In addition, the necessity to tie into the existing building with carpet, intercom and phone systems was clarified.
  7. Demolition of the current structures was discussed. It will be roughly a three week process. It was suggested that the main demolition be conducted during spring break to ensure greater safety for the students.

The team further reviewed the timeline.

There was a brief discussion as to the rescheduling of gym and classroom events. The District will have alternative meeting places for Band, Computers, and Art by December.

The next meeting has been scheduled for November 30, 2017.

9/21/2017

 

Representatives from GPC Architects and Headwaters Construction Company met with Soda Springs Board of Trustees Dan Lau and Alan Erickson, along with Superintendent Molly Stein and Business Manager Jonathan Balls to discuss continued progress on the Tigert Middle School Project. The recommendation from the structural engineer for current use of the TMS gym was discussed.  The next phase of drawings for the music classroom, art classroom, locker rooms, gymnasium, and the secure entrance into TMS were reviewed.  Headwaters Construction shared the first draft of costs for the projects.  The board then discussed the future use of the TMS gym.  After a lengthy discussion, the board decided to discontinue the use of the TMS gym and condemn the structure.  School District administration will continue to put alternative plans in place for the educational, extracurricular activities, and city use of the gym.      

 

The next scheduled meeting is October 19th, 2017

08/08/2017

 

Representatives from GPC Architects and Headwaters Construction Company met with Soda Springs Board of Trustees Dan Lau and Jim Stoor, along with Superintendent Molly Stein and Business Manager Jonathan Balls to discuss early progress on the Tigert Middle School Project.The purpose of this meeting was to validate the programming documentation to date, review the broad concept, scope, schedule and budget.

 

The relevant programming process and documents generated on from 2015 discussions were reviewed.  Information from past music and current music teachers as well as input from the art teacher was reviewed. Discussion included computer usage, outdoor space, storage space, practice rooms, and technology needs. In addition, past information provided by administration and staff on PE needs and athletic needs was reviewed. The auxiliary gym space was discussed for use with wrestling, PE, cheerleading, dance, as well as other programs. Storage, electrical, and locker room privacy concerns were voiced.  Security issues and sharing the facility with the Soda Springs City Recreation Department were highlighted. In addition, the ability to tie into the existing building with carpet, HVAC, intercom and phone systems as well as parking were added to the planning process.

 

The conceptual plan as developed, based on initial programming for the bond campaign, was reviewed along with staff comments, position of the classroom addition, and other factors which may influence the location such as; access to utilities, preserving the parking lot, reducing traffic through the 5th grade entrance and wing. The current plan functions well with the classroom wing addition on the north.

 

The team reviewed the schedule including milestones such as survey, geo-tech, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction. The district pointed out the need for on-sight safety concerns including identification of personnel who will be on site and their need to check in with the proper credentials.

 

Finally, timing of the demolition of the current gym was discussed as the team visited the site. In all probability, it will be necessary to demolish the gym before ground breaking due to safety issues related to removing the boiler room portion necessary to break ground.  After the final determination, TMS personnel as well as City Recreation personnel will be notified in order to begin scheduling of current classes and athletic events.

 

In subsequent correspondence, the gym roof line concept and proposals were presented for further discussions. 

The next meeting has been scheduled for September 21st, 2017.

7/19/2017

 

Representatives from Zions Public Finance and the Soda Springs School District were in attendance on July 18th at 9:30am for the close of the 6.5 million competitive bond sale for the TMS construction projects.  There were four bidders using an on-line platform to submit their best rate for the bonds.  The winning firm was Robert W. Baird & Co from Milwaukee, WI with the best interest rate of 1.745%.  Closing documents are being prepared now for the target closing date on August 2nd.  Repayment of the bond will begin with an interest payment in March of 2018 and a principal payment in September of 2018. 

 

Left to Right: Christian Anderson, Vice-President, Zions Public Finance; Dan Lau, Chairman of the Board; Jim Stoor, Trustee; Molly Stein, Superintendent; and Michael Tippets, Zions Public Finance (not pictured Jonathan Balls, Business Manager).

7/12/2017

 

The Board of Trustees reviewed and accepted GPC Architects and Headwaters Construction Company contracts and adopted the bond resolution at the July 5th board meeting.  In addition, Moody's  Investors  Service  reviewed  and assigned  an enhanced rating of  Aaa and an underlying rating of  A3 to Caribou, Bear Lake & Bonneville  Counties Joint School District 150 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017. The Moody’s rating is the first step in selling the bonds necessary to initiate the building process. The bond sale date is July 18, 2017.

FAQ

  1. What is the estimated groundbreaking schedule? Groundbreaking is scheduled for spring 2018. 
  2. How long will the planning process take after the contracts are signed? The planning process may take up to 6 months. The architect will be working closely with the school district and the construction manager during this process.
  3. When will the old gym be demolished? The planning process will help determine the demolition schedule. The district would like to use the current gym during the construction process for as long as possible.
  4. Can I purchase materials from the old gym? Salvage will be discussed, but the feasibility of the processes will be at the forefront of the discussions. All school property must be disposed of according to Idaho Code and must be determined surplus by the board and made available through auction.
  5. When will the project be completed? The estimated completion of the project is summer 2019 with students occupying the facility the following fall.

6/12/2017

 

The design and planning phase is underway. This phase will take approximately 6 months, with ground breaking scheduled for spring 2018.  The planning process will help determine the demolition schedule. The district would like to maintain the current gym as long as feasible. The estimated completion of the project is summer 2019 with students occupying the facility the following fall. Visit this website for further updates.