Building Our Future:
Pre K-5 Facility
August, 2020: Facilities Update
The Oberlin City Schools Facilities Project is moving forward. In fact, the project is not only ahead of schedule, but it is also within the budget. If you travel by the project site, or view the live Project Camera images http://126.96.36.199/#view, you will be able to view the construction coming along in the gym and cafeteria. The Park Street entrance is almost ready for reopening; and an access road has been installed on the stadium’s previous track. The retention basin has been completed near the former band practice field. TDA, the architectural design firm, has established additional parking space in front of the gym.
Additionally, TDA made a presentation at the August Board of Education meeting regarding interior design colors and furniture samples for the new building. Color and furniture samples were set up in the Prospect Elementary School gym for a week to allow staff and administrators an opportunity to view samples. The interior designer hosted a Zoom virtual meeting with staff and administrators to gather input. TDA is making a few color changes based on staff, administrative and Board suggestions. The new facility will have a fair representation of the district’s colors, which are red and blue.
The Pleasant Street Project has been completed and the grass is starting to grow on the property. The field will be ready for Fall 2021 sporting events and extracurricular activities
May / June, 2020: Facilities Update
The new PreK-5 project is moving forward. TDA, an architectural design firm, has begun working on installing utilities. The waterline has been tied in at all three locations including the east side of the site, and to North Park Street and North Pleasant Street. The retention pond has been constructed and the outlet structure is being installed.
The installation of the new road around the old Oberlin High School track has been delayed because of the wet spring months. The project shifted to completing utility installation while those areas are drying out. The walkways and curbs at the south end of the existing high school will be replaced over the next month so that the paving of the road and parking areas can all be completed by the time students and teachers return to school. The road is expected to open prior to the first day of school.
The work on the new school building continues with the digging and pouring of the footers.
Oberlin City Schools were unable to secure a Power Purchase agreement to install a solar array by the retention pond. The district worked with the City of Oberlin to conduct a cost analysis and determined that the solar array would create a more efficient cost savings installed on the roof of the PreK-12 building. The district is pursuing funding to install a rooftop array. The rooftop array will provide data to the Environmental Dashboard. The district has been awarded a $60,000 grant to provide support for an environmental studies lab in the new PreK-5 facility. The lab will utilize data from the Environmental Dashboard to create innovative lessons.
Oberlin City Schools would like to thank the City of Oberlin for their collaboration.
Pleasant Street Project:
The Pleasant Street facility Project is expected to be completed by September. The district will save bricks from the Pleasant Street, Eastwood and the Prospect facilities. We will create a memorial for the new PreK-5 facility consisting of masonry bricks from all three locations.
April, 2020: Facilities Update
Oberlin City Schools PreK-5 project has been moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Construction Team meets throughout the week to discuss project updates, challenges, and any new guidelines. Due to this close communication, we have NOT had any delays in the project. So, we are on schedule and within our estimated budget. The district has temporarily closed the Oberlin High School Park St. entrance to secure the site based on OFCC and Health Department guidelines. All construction employees will have to check in with a Health Professional before starting work at the site. The Health Professional will maintain temperature logs, ensure Lorain County Health Department COVID-19 guidelines are followed, and monitor workers health conditions.
TDA and Greenspace have heavy equipment on-site and are working on creating the stormwater management basin on the old band practice field.
The Construction Team has secured permits from the City of Oberlin. Oberlin City Schools would like to thank the City of Oberlin for their support and assistance throughout the project.
The Oberlin City School Board will meet on Friday, May 22 to discuss additional construction items.
Thank You - Oberlin College Green Edge Fund:
We want to thank The Green Edge Fund for supporting the Environmental Dashboard at the new PreK-5 facility. The building will have rooms connected to monitoring systems along with the Solar Array and Electric Car Charging Stations. The funding will support staff training to integrate the Dashboard into the curriculum.
LIVE Construction WEBCAM:
Our LIVE Construction webcam is operational! If you are interested in monitoring the district's new PreK-5 facility progress, please visit http://188.8.131.52/ - view .
March, 2020: Facilities Update
Oberlin City Schools Board of Education passed three critical items to keep the PreK-5 Facilities project on time and within budget at the Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Special Board Meeting. Without the Board support and leadership on these items and approval, it would have impacted the project cost and timeline.
· Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the PreK-5 – Phase II of the project
· Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
· Abatement and Demo of Pleasant Street
Oberlin City Schools is going Solar!
The Board of Education approved Sun Energy (Enerlogics) to facilitate a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the district. Enerlogics will install Solar Panels to provide power for Oberlin High School and our new PreK-5 facility. The panels are at no cost to the community. Solar enables Oberlin City Schools to achieve savings against current electric expenditures, as well as more substantial savings over the next 20 years. Enerlogics will also provide an interactive educational Solar Display at the entrance of the school.
Enerlogics was founded in 2009 to focus on “behind the meter” services for larger commercial and industrial clients. Enerlogics Networks focuses on bringing intelligent technology solutions for energy efficiency, demand response, energy supply, renewable power, and facility operations.
Enerlogics was founded by industry professionals with over 75 years’ experience in services, including energy management, energy efficiency, integrated demand-side management, building controls, intelligent IT communications and operations, and project/construction management. This varied background allows Enerlogics the flexibility to adapt to the specific needs of clients, offering cost-effective solutions with maximum value.
Pleasant Street Location
The Abatement and Demolition of Pleasant Street will begin in April. The district will use the needed area for extracurricular activities, athletic fields, youth programs, practice fields, and shared use with the College and City of Oberlin.
Construction Trailer on Site and Ready to Go!
The Greenspace Construction Manager, Mr. Tim Rini, a trailer has been on the Oberlin site for two weeks. Greenspace will begin construction during the first week of April. The district is installing a “real-time” construction camera on site. The camera will help our community and staff observe construction progress. We will activate the camera in mid-April.
January/February, 2020: Facilities Update
Oberlin City Schools PreK-5 facilities project is currently on time with our construction schedule. We want to assure the community that the district is in great financial shape to complete the building. This is due to the support of the community passing the Bond in November. The district will continue to pursue grant opportunities to produce cost savings and sustainability initiatives.
The Board of Education has approved the Design and Development (DD) phase of the project. Design and Development Phase is defined as the following - Transitional phase of an architect/engineer (A/E) services in which the design moves from the schematic phase to the contract document phase. In this phase, the A/E prepares drawings and other presentation documents to crystallize the design concept and describe it in terms of architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural systems.
Over the last two months, our Facilities Team has been working with the city on securing permits, negotiating pricing, preparing for bids, engaging in meetings with community agencies like the Environmental Dashboard and Cable CoOp, and seeking sustainability and educational grant opportunities.
This month we want to share with you a virtual tour of the new PreK-5 Facility. This is not a completed project. We will add some additional items later to the design, pending cost.
December, 2019: Facilities Update
The Oberlin City School Board of Education approved the configuration and materials for the exterior of the building at the December meeting. This is illustrated below in a slideshow.
If you drive by Oberlin High School now, you will see some new site construction occurring. The Oberlin High School stadium home bleachers and tennis courts were removed as part of the early construction site plan. The Facilities Team is preparing the site to begin additional construction.
The High School parking lot will remain open until March/April. This will allow community members, staff, and students to utilize the parking lot during winter events. In March/April, the district will close part of the parking lot to begin the second construction phase of the PreK-5 facility. We will have temporary parking established during this phase of the project.
The district is working with Efficiency Smart (https://www.efficiencysmart.org) to analyze our PreK-5 plans for additional energy cost savings. This is a free service. Efficiency Smart has worked with many Oberlin projects to achieve cost savings.
Once again, we would like to remind our community that Park St. will remain open throughout the construction project.