Construction Watch

Renovations begin on Chicago academy's new career training rooms

Chicago Vocational Career Academy has begun renovations to create new career-focused classrooms. The completed project, which is being funded by state capital dollars and delivered in 2 phases, will prepare students for jobs in a variety of industries, including horticulture, carpentry, culinary services and healthcare.

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Solar array construction completed at three Calif. schools

The construction of 1500 solar arrays at three of Willows Unified School District's campuses was completed with little disruption to the schools. Officials hope the solar project will save the district an average of $300,000 a year on utility costs over the 25-to-30-year life of the panels.

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Pa. district to close one school and demolish/rebuild another

The board voted to close Lower Milford Elementary School in several years and demolish Hopewell Elementary School. The district would then build a 57,000-square-foot school on the Hopewell property. The plan will cost $17.75 million with no set timeline.

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Jasper County district files lawsuit concerning school construction

The Jasper County School District has initiated litigation concerning the design and construction of specific elements of two school sites. After investigating the cause of sinkholes, defects in the construction of the underground storm water system have been identified.

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N.J. voters approve $116 million in school construction

New Jersey voters in 11 of 13 school districts with bond referendums this week approved $116.1 million of construction. The largest project, out of a total of $180 million proposed, failed. Voters in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District rejected $37 million in renovations to three schools.

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Plan in Washington to borrow against lottery for school construction

A bipartisan plan for paying for public schools emerged in the state House, offering a creative way to pay for $700 million in school construction by borrowing against $50 million a year in future state Lottery profits.

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S.C. schools may benefit from new idea to fund construction

Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow them to present county voters with a 1-cent sales tax request for school construction needs on the November ballot. The bill would provide the penny-tax option to the state’s counties that do not raise a minimum amount in accommodation taxes.

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Wyoming Senate panel puts brakes on school construction

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee objected to some K12 school building projects appearing on the design and construction list without appearing to go through the initial planning step under the established process.

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N.J. district saves green on energy

The Ridgewood district has already reaped at least $55,000 in energy savings for the 2013-14 school year, based on the calculations of an energy conservation company.

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HB Construction lands $35 million New Mexico project

HB Construction will soon begin work on a $35.1 million addition and renovation of Bernalillo High School.

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