EHOVE Facility Project Update

On June 5, EHOVE Board of Education members, administrators, staff  and representatives from the Poulos & Schmid Design Group, John Hancock & Associates, and the Adena Corporation gathered to mark the beginning of the previously announced facilities project with a groundbreaking ceremony. 

“This is an exciting time for EHOVE,” said EHOVE Board President Dr. Paul Lockwood before the group prepared their shovels to begin the project.  “We’re digging into our dreams today to bring EHOVE into the 21st century with state-of-the-art science classrooms and facilities to give our high school and adult education students the educational opportunities that they deserve.”

The goal for this important project is clear: provide high school and adult students with the most up-to-date learning environment in the timeliest and most economical means possible for our taxpayers. This project is narrowly focused and only addresses EHOVE’s immediate programming needs and provides the latest training programs for in-demand jobs right here in our local area.EHOVE has developed a plan with Poulos & Schmid Design Group to build a structure that will connect two existing buildings on campus. The 66,700 sq. ft. new and renovated area will house 12 high-tech classrooms,5 state-of-the-art science labs,  a new multi-purpose room, 5 flexible spaces for use by the community and staff, technology training and support areas, student study areas, as well as reconfigured office spaces for the Adult Education Department and the District Administration. This space will be furnished with the latest equipment for our high school and adult students.  To see close ups of the images, check out these links:

                                Exterior Renderings  -  Use of Space Diagram

The cost of construction is capped at $8.41 million under the Guaranteed Maximum Price(GMP) agreement that was signed with EHOVE’s construction manager at risk (CMR), The Adena Corporation.  The CMR form of bidding was made possible by recent regulatory changes that reformed the construction rules for publically funded projects.  The project has been funded by the issuance of Certificates of Participation (COPS) in the amount of $7.5 million. The EHOVE Board of Education has also set aside $1 million in the Permanent Improvement Fund.  No new levies were requested to fund the project. The next time that EHOVE may be on the ballot is for a 0.5 mill operational levy that will expire in 2014.  That levy was first passed in 1979 and has been renewed in 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.

Bidding various aspects on the project is currently underway.  Adena is handing the bidding process for the district and will award contracts to the successful bidders later this month.  Construction will begin immediately after contracts are awarded.  Completion of the project will be phased in with the first areas ready for students and staff by early spring 2014.  The entire project is scheduled to be completed by June 1014.

EHOVE's goal is to work extensively with local construction professionals and suppliers on this project. This will create jobs for local workers. Boosting our local economy has always been one of our priorities. “Our continued partnership with local businesses will be enhanced with the updated facilities,” said Lockwood. “It will ensure our students have the latest training, equipment and skills necessary to meet the needs of our area employers. Modern facilities will be a boost to our local economy and will create jobs – and in this tough economy, who doesn’t want that?”

As the project progresses more information will be released via www.EHOVE.net and www.Facebook.com/EHOVEworks.  Photos from the groundbreaking are also available at these sites.

PHOTO:  EHOVE Administration and staff surround front row (L-R):  Joshua Fox  (Poulos & Schmid Design group), George Poulos (Poulos & Schmid Design group), Diane Streeter (EHOVE Board member), Kevin Asher (EHOVE Board member), Ralph Ritzenthaler (EHOVE Board member) ,  Dr. Paul Lockwood (EHOVE Board President), Carole Kuns (EHOVE Board Vice President), Barbara Butcher (EHOVE Board member), Janet Tuttle (EHOVE Board member), David Jenkins (EHOVE Director of Operations), Sharon Mastroianni (EHOVE Superintendent), Larry Hanneman (EHOVE Treasurer), Alex Etchill from John Hancock&Associates, Glenn Guttenberg   (Adena Corporation Construction Manager at risk).