Construction underway, one major renovation complete and 100% of remaining contracts out to bid for construction projects under $500.5 million capital improvement program

Detroit-Detroit Public Schools is making rapid progress with work on its $500.5 million capital improvement program, with one major school renovation complete, construction underway at nine other sites totaling $180.4 million, and 100 percent of procurement contracts out to bid for remaining projects.

Detroit Public Schools today released a construction activity progress report on the first 10 projects, which have an average Detroit-headquartered business participation of 70 percent at the prime contract level. Three elementary and middle school interior renovations will be completed on time for students’ arrival Sept. 7.

Renovations totaling $27.7 million were completed over the summer at John R. King PreK to 8 School, Marcus Garvey PreK to 8 School and Bethune Academy in just over three months.

“We are delivering on our promises to voters and residents that we will stay on time and on budget with every project that is part of the DPS School Construction Program,” said Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. “We are also guaranteeing priority to Detroit residents first for jobs, with 70 percent of procurement contracts in the first ten projects awarded to Detroit-headquartered firms.”

The most extensive upgrade to the John R. King project is the new state-of-the-art 5,500-square-foot black box theater with dramatic overhead lighting to support the school’s performing arts-centered curriculum. A second phase of construction will continue through the fall at the two other schools with the addition of a new gymnasium at Bethune Academy, and the new Harambee Center at Marcus Garvey which will serve as a gathering place to support the school’s African-centered curriculum.

The status of the 10 projects is:

New PreK to 8 School in Clark Park, 1000 Scotten Road
Groundbreaking for the new $20.5 million facility was held July 9. The Earhart School has moved into its temporary home at Southwestern High School and design work and preparations for construction are progressing at the Earhart School site.

DPS Police Headquarters and Command Center, 8500 Cameron Street
Groundbreaking for the new $5.6 million facility was held July 16. The foundations are substantially completed and the contractor is currently working on the installation of underground utilities and exterior masonry walls. Once completed, DPS police and security personnel will be able to monitor and control security technology throughout the district.

Denby High School, 12800 Kelly Road
Construction began in July on the $16.4 million Denby High School renovation, which will be complete in 2011. Work in progress includes the refinishing of the basketball court, the demolition of the smoke stack, and the replacement of the roof.

Bethune Academy, 8145 Puritan Road
The renovation component of the $8.4 million project will be complete this week. The interior signage is being installed and work on the administrative suite is being finished. IT and security installation is also in progress. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was issued on Aug. 23 and furniture has been moved back into classrooms. Approval from the State for a new gym addition has been acquired and foundations are being poured. The new gym addition is scheduled to be completed by December 2010.

Marcus Garvey Academy PreK to 8 School, 2301 Van Dyke
Construction on the $8.8 million renovation project will be complete this week. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was issued on Aug. 23. Tack boards and marker boards are being installed, kitchen and science lab work and IT and security installation are in progress and scheduled for completion this week. Furniture is being moved back into classrooms. The Harambee Center addition has been submitted for State site approval and is scheduled for completion by February 2011.

Gompers PreK to 8 School in Brightmoor, 14450 Burt Road
Groundbreaking on the new $20.5 million new school in Brightmoor was held July 9. Demolition on Harding Elementary School, the site of the new facility, is underway. Site work activities will commence upon completion of demolition work. Once completed, this school will replace three DPS schools – Gompers, Harding, and Vetal PreK to 8 schools.

Henry Ford High School, 20000 Evergreen Road
The $16.6 million renovation of Henry Ford High School was awarded on July 16 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2011. Design work is ongoing in preparation for renovations to begin during the upcoming academic year. The project will feature two sustainable technology labs for student instruction, as well as several green building elements, including solar photovoltaic panels, green roof and vertical wind turbines.

Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette Street
Groundbreaking for the $45.3 million project was held June 18. Excavation and foundation work are in progress and the masonry work has begun. Once construction is complete in 2011, the new MLK building will be a LEED gold certified, state-of-the-art facility that will emphasize a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, house a cyber caf

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