Plans take shape for Spring Lake Public Schools

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Eduardo Blanc, principal architect for TMP Architecture, explained the schematic design phase is the first approach for a project. For the past few months, architects have met with steering committee members for general designs.

Athletic projects are slated to go out for bid in November, said Jeff Atkins, director/associate for Barton Malow. He said the project for athletics is within 2 percent of the budget.

“That’s as close as you’re going to get it,” Atkins said.

Atkins said the budget is based on unit pricing and turf field estimates. Overall, athletics are projected to cost about $4.47 million.

Two synthetic turfs will be placed to the north of the Spring Lake Community Fitness and Aquatic Center at Spring Lake High School. An announcer booth will be placed in between and overlooking the two fields.

An eight-lane track will be built to the east of those fields, which will have a natural grass practice field on the inside. Parking and an exit lane will be created on the north of the tennis courts, along with restrooms.

The high school projects are estimated to cost about $3 million.

Bruce Lemons, president of Foresite Design, said the entry into Grabinski Field will receive a “new makeover.” The project in the village is expected to cost nearly $1.3 million. The facility will receive new visitor bleachers, upgrades to the home stands such as painting and handrails, a new press box, ticket booth and team rooms.

Athletic projects are slated for completion by fall 2015.

Bids for projects at Holmes and Jeffers elementary schools are slated to go out for bids after January 2015, Atkins said.

The work at Holmes is slated to cost a little more than $15.4 million and the work at Jeffers is projected to cost about $14.8 million. Although both elementary schools will have similar concepts and designs, they won’t be exactly the same, Blanc said.

The most recent building additions at Holmes will remain and be renovated, but the western-most portion of the building will be demolished. A bus loop and drop-off location will replace part of the torn-down school.

A new building, with a two-story component, will be built on the south side of the existing school.

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