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Aubrey ISD Approves the GMP for Construction of AHS Auditorium
Construction on the final project of the 2017 Aubrey ISD Bond Project is about to get underway at Aubrey High School.
The Aubrey ISD Board of Trustees approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction of an auditorium, black box theater, a new band hall, and a renovated space for a choir room on Wednesday, Feb. 10th. The approved GMP, which covers construction, was in the amount of $11,354,882.00. The approval of the addition of the assembly spaces gives the green light for construction to begin with a scheduled start over Spring Break.
“I am very excited that we have reached this point in our 2017 Bond Program,” Aubrey ISD Superintendent Dr. David Belding said. “I am honored that our community placed their trust in Aubrey ISD and myself to deliver modern state-of-the-art facilities for our children when they approved the $51 million bond program in November 2017. The bond program has been vital in our ability to address the growth of enrollment in our district and our vision to support excellence in learning and extra-curricular programs. The addition of an auditorium, black box theater, band hall, and renovation of present space for a choir room will be a significant support for our students who are pursuing their interest in Fine Arts. The auditorium will expand our capabilities as a school district to engage every student in a variety of programs. This is truly an exciting moment in the history of our exceptional school district and community. Thank you to our Board of Trustees for their unwavering focus and support on fulfilling our promises to voters as we begin the last project in our 2017 Bond Program.”
The construction will take 13 months to complete. The additions will be added to the auxiliary building where the present band hall, cafeteria, competition gym, auxiliary gyms, and locker rooms are located. The auditorium, black box theater, and new band hall will be added on the west side of the building. The present stage that is in the cafeteria will be renovated to be the choir room.
“As we began working with Huckabee on the design of the addition at Aubrey High School, we wanted to design 21st Century spaces that would have a classic feel and stand the test of time,” said Dr. Belding. “I hope people are excited about the design elements as our design committee worked very hard to create a facility that we all will be very proud of and will support students as they continue their pursuit of excellence.”
The additions will total 28,300 square feet, and the total renovation will be 7,500 square feet. All of the facilities were designed to have exceptional acoustics required in such a space. The auditorium will include seating for 710 people, an orchestra pit, and a lobby with the ability to serve as a visual art gallery. The theater department at AHS will now have a black box theater, a scene shop, dressing rooms, costume storage, and prop storage. The band program will have a rehearsal space with approximately 3,350 square feet, a suite of practice and ensemble rooms, and greater storage for color guard and percussion. All of the spaces were designed with continued growth in mind.
Pogue Construction will continue to serve as the Construction Manager At-Risk.
AHS Principal Matt Gore, Aubrey ISD Chief of Police Scott Collins, and Dr. Belding met with project superintendents to draw up safety and traffic plans. With construction, there will be adjustments to the traffic pattern at AHS. Information and maps on the new traffic patterns will be released before Spring Break.
All construction areas will be fenced off to prevent students and other people from being in those areas. Working with parents, community members, Pogue Construction personnel, and district staff we can all ensure a safe environment for our students. The District is asking for families’ patience as the construction gets started.
Voters in Aubrey ISD passed a $51 million bond package in November 2017. The construction projects included the construction of Jackie Fuller Elementary School, additions to Brockett Elementary, Monaco Elementary and Aubrey Middle School, additions and renovations to the agriculture science facility, and a new band hall and auditorium at Aubrey High School.
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