Major Construction in Progress at Detroit Public Schools

Contact:
Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542, steven.wasko@detroitk12.org or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401, jennifer.mrozowski@detroitk12.org

Detroit-One year into the Detroit Public Schools’ $500.5 million capital improvement program funded by voter-approved Proposal S dollars, major construction is under way at Detroit Public Schools construction sites that includes poured concrete foundations, roof installation, interior electrical work, and selective demolition of outdated buildings.

Among the tangible signs of construction progress are: Roofing and steel work at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School gymnasium and athletic wing; Masonry and steel work for the new Gompers PreK to 8 School in Brightmoor; Foundations for the new PreK to 8 School at Clark Park in southwest Detroit; Concrete work on the new Western International High School athletic complex; Auditorium renovation at Denby High School; New flooring and tile for the recently constructed gym at Fitzgerald Elementary and; Final finishes and high tech wiring at the brand new Public Safety Command Center.

DPS Emergency Financial Manger Robert Bobb said many of the projects are fast-tracked and are ahead of schedule.

“Voters put their faith in us when they overwhelmingly passed a $500.5 million bond issue for new and modernized school facilities; and 13 months later, we are showing them tangible proof we are delivering on our promises, with construction started on 10 projects and one major renovation already finished at John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy,” Bobb said.

“All you have to do is look at the workers operating cranes at our various construction sites, see the foundations being poured, or look at the concrete walls going up to know that we are Detroit’s economic stimulus package, as evidenced also by the fact that more than 70 percent of prime contracts have been awarded to Detroit-headquartered firms.”

Bobb signed the final contract this fall at the site of the new Finney Crockett High School. Construction started this summer on 10 projects, with a major renovation 100 percent completed in three months at the John R. King Performing Arts Academy School. The remaining projects broke ground this fall. All projects must be completed by 2012 to comply with federal regulations.

All combined, the DPS School Construction Program includes new facilities for an Office of Public Safety Headquarters and Operations Center and seven schools, major renovations at nine more, in addition to demolition projects and security and technology upgrades.

Photos of construction activity can be downloaded at www.dpsschoolconstruction.org and are included with this release for the following schools:

Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School
Location: 3200 E. Lafayette Street
Project: New Building
Cost: $46.4 million
Construction Started: Summer 2010
Construction to be Completed: Fall 2011
Project Activity: Interior masonry and steel work in progress Roofing work in progress

Gompers PreK to 8 School in Brightmoor
Location: 14450 Burt Road
Project: New Building
Cost: $20.6 million
Construction Started: Summer 2010
Construction to be Completed: Fall 2011
Project Activity: Construction of masonry walls in progress Steel work under way

PreK to 8 School at Clark Park
Location: 1000 Scotten Street
Project: New Building
Cost: $20.7 million
Construction Started: Summer 2010
Construction to be Completed: Fall 2011
Project Activity: Rough site grading completed Foundation piers installed Concrete foundations being poured

Western International High School
Location: 1500 Scotten Road
Project Type: Major Renovation
Cost: $27.8 million
Construction Started: Summer 2010
Construction to be Completed: Fall 2011
Project Activity: Phase I classroom renovation underway Roof replacement completed for the season Concrete foundations for the athletic addition completed

Denby High School
Location: 12800 Kelly Road
Project: Major Renovation
Cost: $16.5 million
Construction Started: Summer 2010
Construction to be Completed: Fall 2011
Project Activity: Auditorium renovation underway Selective demolition – including the smoke stack – in progress Fence repair work in progress

Fitzgerald Elementary School
Location: 8145 Puritan Road
Project: Major Renovation
Cost: $8.4 million
Construction Started: Summer 2010
Construction to be Completed: Winter 2011
Project Activity: Parking lot completed Fence repair in progress Gym floor and ceramic tile work to begin

DPS Public Safety Headquarters & Police Command Center
Location: Clay & I-75
Project: New Building
Cost: $5.7 million
Construction Started: Summer 2010
Construction to be Completed: Winter 2011
Project Activity: Exterior and interior finishes being installed Bullet-resistant glazing being installed Building IT and security wiring being installed

Detroit voters approved Proposal S in November 2009 which enabled the district to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects. DPS received the sixth largest allocation in the nation.

The improvement program also includes district-wide technology upgrades and security initiatives being funded with Proposal S dollars. To comply with federal guidelines, all bond dollars must be spent within three years and all projects must be completed by September 2012.

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