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Stephen Berry with Berry & Clay Construction, construction manager for the multipurpose facility and the middle school projects, discussed a potential guaranteed maximum price for the multipurpose facility.

The anticipated price was $215 per square foot. However, thanks to quite a few bids that came in, the price came out to $208.14, he said.

The original square footage was set at 45,000, but the current total is 65,200 square feet. Clay said that after he spoke with those who would be using it, the additional space was determined necessary to properly serve students.

“The building is actually 20,000 square feet bigger than the bond, but that was more or less because we added an auxiliary gym to the back and we increased it so we could have cross court,” Clay said. “These were all things that the district as a group felt was best for the overall use of the facility.”

Superintendent Lynn Torres and several board members commented, pointing out the need and thanking the company for approaching the building plans in the way they did.

“I don’t think people realize how gym-short we actually are currently at the high school with just the purple and the gold gym and having to run adaptive P.E., P.E. classes, drill team, cheerleading and so forth,” Torres said. “This actually puts us in a better position.”

“We’re gym poor, and from a functionality standpoint, our high school doesn’t operate well, and won’t, for game nights, especially tournaments, if we don’t do the facility in the way it’s designed now,” trustee Hall Henderson said.

The design process began by asking all involved for everything in their wildest dreams. That resulted in a design that was 99,000 square feet. Then the designers scaled back and scaled back until they couldn’t scale anymore unless they wanted to take away from the students’ experience, Clay said.

“I appreciate the fact that ya’ll went to the people who were going to be using it and said, what’s your wildest dream?” member Allison Langston said. “Now let’s edit that dream to what we need to have, functionally, to make this work for our students and our coaches and everybody involved.”

The total price of the project comes out to $13.6 million. Local companies will receive $3.8 million for their work on the project.

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The construction is progressing.  The have poured the concrete foundation and rises for the softball and baseball field, where the seating will be located.  There are two large crews working.  Drainage work is almost ready for the next phase.  I believe  there will be substaintial progress over the next 60 days and the ball fields will start to take shape.  Exciting to see the progress happening every 2 or 3 days.

Same with the multi purpose work.  They have the steel in the air with roof stanchions attached.  Lot of welding going  Looks like the first layer of metal roofing is being installed.  The plumbing they have been working on for  2 months is finally finished on the west side .  For some reason, the plumbing and the foundation beam work, in that end of  foundation took a very long time to complete.   No guess why,  just may have been a more detailed situation.   

Will get more pictures when there is visibly more to look at than what we posted previously.   They have a good size crew working the iron and they are not wasting any time getting things done.  At the current rate, the entire metal framework, rood and some of the outside walls should be up before the 1st of September.   The interior work to finish will take the longest.  

The school has said the project should be completed by December.  Important to get everything dried in soon.  That helps to avoid any weather delays in the fall.

 

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The photo provided by Langston Construction is a drone shot of the construction site at Lufkin High School. The ball fields project is part of the $75 million dollar bond project and will include baseball and softball fields, along with concessions, restrooms, and dressing rooms.

 

Kevin Langston, President and CEO of Langston Construction, said, “The ball fields are coming along nicely. We have poured the foundation for the field house and the foundation for the softball grandstands and press box. We are working on the foundation for the baseball grandstands and press box.”

http://www.lufkinisd.org/2020/06/15/lhs-ball-fields-taking-shape/

According to Langston, the site has been cleared and rough graded and the detention pond is almost complete. The site utilities including water, sewer and electricity are being installed. The CMU block has begun for the softball grandstands, and a concrete crew started working on the bridge crossing.

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Great progress being made on the Multi Purpose.  By our first home game against Nacogdoches, that structure is going to be an impressive sight from the stands.

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We were able to get a couple of photos before a huge rain storm hit. Baseball/Softball Complex is moving along. The the construction of the stands and dugout areas on both fields are in various stages of construction. The cinder block walls are going up on the building for the new dressing rooms and offices. Multi Purpose is adding iron and more iron daily. The total size of the building is starting to become more visible, you can see the metal framing for seating areas are starting to take shape. The workers doing the ironwork construction on this project are very good. The building looks to be close to 100 yards wide.

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I drove by the school a few days ago to see it. It’s going to be something to see on Friday nights, especially if everything is true what you told me about before. Honestly can’t wait.

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http://www.lufkinisd.org/2020/06/24/board-approves-lufkin-middle-school-guaranteed-maximum-price-ready-to-break-ground-at-lms/?fbclid=IwAR36OI3RdlewEF2UUFsuMcOF64bmwQ_Yc7O2NNZY2pxajArF0-amM3ZPMSc

It looks like they will save $8 Million under the proposed $60 Million original plan.  They are spending $5.25 Million on the Baseball/Softball Complex and $13.6 Million on the Multi-Purpose Facility.  Total of $18.85 Million for both projects.     $52M plus $18.85M  equals  $70.85 Million.  That leaves $4.15M of the 2018 BOND  to spend elsewhere.  

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My hope is that the new Multi-Purpose project at the high school will include new matching fencing around the whole Abe Martin Complex and updated driveways, around and leading out on the backside of the parking lot. Hope the district will consider using the extra $4M for a new free standing Press Box with an elevator and cat walk built in front to access the stands. Not touching the stands of course. Get rid of those 1970s and step up 47 years.  I can see the whole lay out in my mind right now. 

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Stairwell leading up to fan level concourse and seating. You can see the first seating section supports behind the scoreboard.

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Have some updated photos on all the new projects at Lufkin High School. Things are starting to come together more quickly now. Roof is on auxiliary gym, metal door frames and block brick delivered, ready for install. Lots of iron up, still more to go. New Multi-Purpose is a big place, did we mention 65,800 sq ft? Baseball/Softball complex really taking shape. Stands, press boxes, field house, dug outs and batting cages are all in various stages of construction. Still lots of block on site to set in place. Dirt work started for new tennis courts. It's looking great out there.

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A few more photo updates.  The Baseball/Softball/Tennis Complex is coming along. Girls and Guys stands, press box and batting cages are in various stages of construction.  The new field house is looking good, as is the beginning of the new tennis courts.

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The Multi-Purpose is continuing to expand.  More steel going up, the raised seating sections are installed on three sides, until they get the crane out of the middle.  The block wall is going up on the secondary/practice section of the gym.    By the time Lufkin actually plays a football game this year, the folks will see how the whole complex has come together.  Lots going on out there, $13.6 Million dollars at work.

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If you haven't seen the rendition drawings of the new Baseball/Softball Complex by GLS Architects.  Here are 3 looks.

 

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https://www.ktre.com/2020/07/21/lufkin-isd-progress-is-visible-all-construction-bond-projects/

Two years after voters approved a $75 million bond, Lufkin Independent School District continues the work on three major projects.

Construction crews are working hard to build the new multipurpose complex at Lufkin High School.

“You can go by there and see that the foundation is down. You see steel going up, so you can actually see the structure of the building as it’s coming up,” said Kurt Stephens, Deputy Superintendent at Lufkin ISD.

Stephens says things are shaping up at the baseball and softball complex, as well.

“They are working on some roadways and the parking lot. Creek crossing will be between that complex and the football stadium. As well as foundation and walls are starting to go up in the field house,” said Stephens. “There is some foundational work that has been completed at both fields, as to backstops and stands and things of those nature.”

With demolition is underway, Stephens says they will be getting a new timeline on Lufkin Middle School.

“Some of the completion dates were impacted somewhat by COVID-19, more so along the line of materials and supplies and being able to get those things delivered,” said Stephens. “Actually, from the standpoint of spring and summer has probably made accessibility by the construction companies easier, just because there hasn’t been traffic of anything they have to work around on the campuses.”

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Drove by the school today. The multipurpose facility is really going to look great where its at

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A few updated LHS construction photos. Roof supports started on main gym, block walls and electrical conduit being installed. Over at the new ballpark complex, tennis court foundations poured and fencing going up. They have added a lot to all the other structures at both the softball and baseball areas, you can see the concessions area now. The re bar is in place to pour concrete supports for the scoreboard next week. Parking lot for field house is in the works. Bridge being built connecting the two complexes. All coming together. Hope we get an up to date aerial shot soon.

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Tennis Courts

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Concessions and parking lot other side of building.

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Re Bar set up for concrete scoreboard stanchions.  Working on the bridge far left.

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Hard to see but they have made great progress on the stands and press boxes for both the baseball and softball fields. There will be storage under both press boxes. Block walls are being installed to boarder each field.  Those guys are working hard and making great progress.  In the next 45-60 days,  you will probably be able to see a little more of what the finished product will look like.

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OSHA is investigating the death of a construction worker at Lufkin High School on Thursday.

Several calls went out to 911 operators detailing the emergency at 8 a.m. Thursday.

“I have a man who has collapsed, he’s unresponsive, at Lufkin High School,” said an unidentified caller to a 911 operator. “He’s being given CPR at this time. He’s not breathing.”

https://www.ktre.com/2020/08/11/worker-lufkin-high-school-construction-site-dies-prompting-federal-investigation/

The caller directed the operator to the site of construction around the back entrance of the high school.

The caller identified the patient as a 45-year-old Hispanic male who had been unconscious for about five minutes before the call. The operator asked several times what happened, but no one responded.

The operator transferred the caller to Regional EMD so they could instruct them how to handle the situation until emergency responders could reach them.

Chauntra Rideaux from the Office of Public Affairs at the OSHA Dallas office confirmed that the federal agency is investigating and more details will be available once the investigation is complete.

Lufkin ISD directed comments to Berry & Clay Construction, the construction manager for the multi-purpose facility and the middle school projects. Berry & Clay said the man worked for S&D Erectors and directed comment to them.

One of the co-owners of S&D Erectors said the company had no comment at this time on the incident.

 
 

Grace Juarez's email address is grace.juarez@lufkindailynews.com.

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