Update - New Elk River Area Schools

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  • Briana Warner
  • 10/2/2018

12/9/19

The Kanawha County BOE approved entering into contract with the lowest responsible bidder, Doss Enterprises, LC, for site preparation of a new Herbert Hoover High School in the amount of $19,700,000.00. Doss Enterprises will mobilize and be on the property by the end of this month. We anticipate trees will start coming down in January and the building pad will be ready by the end of September or beginning of October 2020. We are still in line with the latest anticipated opening for the new Herbert Hoover High School which is Fall 2022.

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/12/09/kanawha-boe-approves-lewis-county-company-bid-for-herbert-hoover-work/

https://wchstv.com/news/local/kanawha-board-oks-197-million-site-preparation-contract-for-new-herbert-hoover

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/education/kanawha-paying-m-to-prepare-hoover-high-site-fema-and/article_7533e31d-fb57-5c4a-a206-c13535f37b2b.html

https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/kcboe-approves-site-preparation-contract-for-new-herbert-hoover-high-school/

https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Video-reveals-sneak-peek-of-new-Herbert-Hoover-High-School-507739681.html

12/3/19

The Kanawha County BOE will accept bids for the site preparation contract for the new HHHS on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. 

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/12/03/bids-open-wednesday-for-herbert-hoover-hs-work/

 

11/22/19

FEMA released $52 million for the building of the new Herbert Hoover High School.

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/11/22/manchin-capito-fema-ready-with-funding-for-new-herbert-hoover-high-school/

https://wchstv.com/news/local/manchin-capito-announce-523-million-for-building-the-new-herbert-hoover-high-school

https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/gov-justice-secures-over-52-million-for-herbert-hoover-high-school-rebuild/

 

10/22/19

FEMA announced that the draft environmental assessment for the new HHHS has been approved. At this point it goes to the Legislative Affairs Review Committee and then it goes for Congressional notification and once it’s approved through Congress then FEMA can obligate the funds.

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/10/22/herbert-hoover-school-replacement-project-gets-notice-to-proceed-from-fema/

https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/fema-says-herbert-hoover-high-school-construction-may-proceed/ 

 

9/19/19

FEMA held a public comment meeting at Elkview Middle School last night to discuss the draft environmental assessment for the new high school. The public comment period remains open through September 26th. You can review the draft environmental assessment and learn how to comment at: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4273. If the process goes smoothly, the district anticipates starting timbering by the end of 2019.

Media coverage of meeting:

https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/public-meeting-held-for-new-herbert-hoover-high-school/

Williamson Shriver video:

The architects working on the new HHHS released the following video detailing the inside of the new high school. 

Click the image below for the video.

Hoover Interior Rendor

 

8/14/19

The land for the new Herbert Hoover High School has been purchased. We are still waiting on the draft environmental assessment from FEMA.

We will make additional updates about the new elementary school as soon as they are available.

6/18/19

FEMA held a public comment meeting at Elkview Middle School to discuss the draft environmental assessment for the new elementary school. The public comment period remains open through July 6th. 

Media coverage of meeting:

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/06/18/new-kanawha-county-elementary-school-inching-closer-to-reality/

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/education/replacement-plan-for-clendenin-elementary-moves-forward/article_2b6e4da3-20ca-5389-b627-f607300f45a2.html

https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Environmental-Study-complete-for-site-of-new-Clendenin-Bridge-Elementary--511497151.html

https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/public-meeting-held-for-new-clendenin-bridge-elementary-school/

https://wchstv.com/news/local/new-clendenin-elementary-closer-to-breaking-ground

The district is waiting on the draft environmental assessment for the new Herbert Hoover High School and the same process will be followed (30 day public comment period on the assessment and public meeting) once that has been received.

6/6/19

The draft environmental assessment is now available for the new elementary school. The assessment will be open for public comment for 30 days. Directions and more information available here: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2019/06/05/notice-availability-draft-environmental-assessment-new-kanawha-elementary-0

 

4/1/19

The Kanawha County Schools Board of Education voted to move forward with the purchase of the property for the new high school:

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/04/01/kanawha-board-approves-land-acquisition-for-high-school/

3/26/19

Architects for the new Herbert Hoover High School, Williamson Shriver Architects, submitted the following new rendering and video of the new high school. 

New HHHS Rendering

Click the image below for a 30-second video.

Hoover Rendor

3/14/19

The Kanawha County Schools Board of Education voted to move forward with the purchase of the property for the new elementary school:

https://wchsnetwork.com/ground-breaking-closer-after-resolution-to-acquire-land-for-new-clendenin-elementary/ 

3/4/19

New Herbert Hoover High School

Per Williamson Shriver Architects Schedule 2/28/19

Site Appraisal: Complete

Site Purchase Price Negotiations: KCS intent letter to property owners have been sent

Site Purchase: Will happen after FEMA-NEPA EA is complete

Site Design: Construction Bid Documents to be submitted to SBA for approval by end of March

Site Construction: Bids will be received 30-45 days after both SBA & FEMA NEPA EA review is complete

Building Design: 50% Design Development phase progress submission in March. Bid documents will be complete in July. 

 

New Clendenin-Bridge Elementary School

Per ZMM Architects & Engineers Schedule 2/25/19

Site Appraisal: Complete

Site Purchase Price Negotiations: Intent letters to property owners sent

Site Purchase: Will happen after FEMA-NEPA EA is complete

Site Design: Approved by SBA in February (Shovel Ready)

Site Construction: Bids will be received 30-45 days after FEMA NEPA EA review is complete

Building Design: Construction Bid Documents to be submitted to SBA for approval in late March

 

For both projects, KCS continues to wait for FEMA to complete the Environmental Assessment (EA) review. Once completed, the document is placed out for a 30-day review comment period, then sent to Congress for approval (approximately 10 days), and then the FEMA Region office for approval (10 days).

The SBA staff has prioritized all tasks associated with the FEMA projects above all others due to the schedule/time concerns.  Each of our project reviews has been shortened to 2-3 business days rather than our standard two-week turnaround time frame.  We have worked with all Federal, State, and Local officials to ensure that all tasks that we can control are completed thoroughly and in a timely manner.

As of now, the timeframe for completion of the projects is Fall 2021 for the new elementary school and Fall 2022 for the new high school. These are just projections and can be moved based on weather and how quickly the process moves. 

There is nothing that can be done by the school system until FEMA approves the environmental assessments, which is a fluid and ongoing process. At that point, the school system will be ready to move forward on land purchase and beginning to move ground. 

Dr. Duerring reiterated that the schools will be built, we just have to follow the federal process.

Students will be in the portables as long as they need to be. They are not being sold and there is absolutely no plan to send students elsewhere. 

 

1/17/18 -- Update for Both Elk River Schools

 

Appraisals have been completed for all land and FEMA has approved the amount of land that the county is requesting to purchase. Right now we are waiting for the environmental assessments to be approved by FEMA. We cannot move forward until those have been approved. The best estimate they can give us is that they'll be done reviewing in March. At that point, the district will be ready to move forward with land purchase and once the land belongs to KCS, action will happen quickly.

11/1/18 -- Update for Both Elk River Schools

 

Kanawha County Schools continues to work with FEMA, the SBA, and other organizations and state leaders to move forward on our new high school and elementary school in the Elkview/Clendenin area. We are finishing the appraisal process, finishing environmental studies and finalizing designs for both schools. Provided below are the latest preliminary renderings. The new elementary school is the first photo and the new high school is the second photo. These will be first-class facilities, designed around the educational needs of our students! (Design is subject to change). 

New Clendenin Elementary RenderingNew Hoover High School Rendering

 

10/1/18 -- Update for Both Elk River Schools

Update on the new High School:

Design, educational specs and plans are continuing.

KCS is currently in the property acquisition stage for the new school property at Givens Fork. The land is owned by a local church that is willing to sell the land. The property is undergoing an appraisal that will determine fair market value.

In order to move forward with property acquisition, we must have the funding in place to pay once property appraisals have been completed. We are working right now with the SBA and FEMA to make sure that funding is available when needed.

Once the property is purchased, we can begin the timbering process and begin moving land. That is estimated to occur in December.

The high school is still scheduled to be complete in 2021. The timelines can be moved forward or back depending on paperwork approval and weather.

Update on the new Elementary School:

Design development will be complete by the end of the month. They’re continuing to work on permits.

KCS is currently in the property acquisition stage for the new school property at Wolverton Mountain. They have identified 25 parcels of land and are still working to make sure those are all. Property appraisals are being done now on all of those parcels. Letters have gone out to all property owners and we’re trying to make contact with those who we haven’t heard from.

In order to move forward with property acquisition, we must have the funding in place to pay once property appraisals have been completed. We are working right now with the SBA and FEMA to make sure that funding is available when needed.

Once the property is purchased, we can begin the timbering process and begin moving land. That is estimated to occur in December.

The elementary school is still scheduled to be complete in 2020. The timelines can be moved forward or back depending on paperwork approval and weather. 

9/17/2018 -- New High School Update for the Elk River Area

The project team for the new Elk River Area High School is currently working on the design of the school facility as well as the site and access road. Access to the new school will be via a new road connecting to Frame Road across from the DOH facility on the Given’s Fork property. The site will include the school, a geothermal well field, separate bus and drop off loops, parking areas, dry retention ponds and athletic fields including football/track, baseball, softball, soccer, and tennis. Practice fields for football and soccer will be included and various buildings for team lockers, concessions, press, toilets, storage, etc.   

The school design is based on the Program of Spaces developed over the last year with KCS and Elk River area educators. The process includes defining the educational goals, assessing the physical needs and translating these into a document indicating space needs, relationships and square footage that is used by the architects in designing the school.  

With this as a guide the architects are currently working on schematic layouts. This includes meetings with various school system departments such as food service, health services, maintenance and others to ensure that their needs are met in the new facility. Meetings with the school administration are ongoing including security, safety, school operations, etc. 

The site design is concurrently being developed and will include an access road meeting DOH standards. Turning lanes will be included. The access road will be located on the left side of Given’s Fork stream and rise in elevation to the school site approximately 200 feet higher than the entrance elevation. It is at this point that the earthwork cut and fill calculations balanced so that hauling dirt on public roads could be minimized and dollars saved. Project designers are working with various local, state, and federal agencies through permit processes.

KCS is negotiating with owners on acquisition and rights of way as the access road will serve both the school and future site developments on the residual parcel not required for the school.

The anticipated opening is in 2021. 

Additional information and updates on KCS flooded schools will be provided at the Oct. 1 board meeting and at the Oct. 8 LSIC meeting for the Herbert Hoover area. We will update this web article again at that time.