A concept image of the new academic building at Douglas High School created by Soderstrom Architects. This is a draft of the technical drawings and could differ from the final design.

An initial cost estimate and schematic plans for the renovation and replacement of Douglas High School are expected to be presented to the Winston-Dillard school board during its Jan. 8 meeting.

A message sent out by Winston-Dillard School District Superintendent Kevin Miller on Dec. 27 noted that general contractor Adroit and independent cost estimator Construction Focus received the schematics to estimate the costs of the construction project.

“These cost estimates will begin to inform us whether we are on track with our proposed design as compared with the estimated costs in the current construction market,” Miller wrote.

Schematics were completed by architecture firm Soderstrom and were reviewed by project manager IMS.

Voters in Winston-Dillard voted in favor of a bond levy in May to replace and remodel Douglas High School.

The measure replaced a previous bond and gave the district $21.5 million to spend on the construction process.

An electrical consultant also toured the high school campus in December to be ready for construction to start.

Miller wrote on Dec. 6 that the construction scenario at the school will be very complex as plans call for the removal of a building from the middle of campus while continuing electrical service to the remaining buildings.

“Naturally, the electrical services will need to be routed differently in some areas to continue providing electrical services for next year,” Miller wrote. “Not an easy puzzle to solve.”

A hazardous material survey was done Dec. 20 and the school district is awaiting its results to see how hazardous materials will be addressed during demolition.

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