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    Program Management Team: Brailsford and Dunlavey | RGM & AssociatesB&D      RGM   
     
    Status: Schematic Design
    Contact Us: Don Dias
     
     
     
     
    Other Project Details: 
     

    Welcome to the North Star Academy Measure T Bond website. Below you will find periodic and important updates about your school. Over the next several months the Bond Program Team will present updates on the design and construction progress at your school. Your school is being designed by Spencer Associates with support from your Site Council, Principal, Teachers, Staff, and local community.

     

    We thank you for your support of this bond and its associated projects.

     Progress Timeline
     
  • North Star Design Updates

    Posted by Neta Assaf on 9/30/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Another summer full of fun (and work) has come and gone at North Star Academy! Welcome back, we hope your school year is successful. The Bond Team is propelling the Measure T Bond Measure’s vision into reality. The design and construction process is being carefully guided, with everyone focused on making the Redwood City School District (RCSD) the best place for learning and exploration it can be.

     

    North Star has already seen the completion of a new fabric lunch enclosure with benches in November 2017.

     

    This summer, North Star has been full of activity:

    • A Construction-Related Testing and Inspection Agreement with Ninyo and Moore was approved by the Board.
    • The Board has approved a Construction Management Consultant Agreement with Kitchell Corporation for North Star.
    • With DSA Sign off on June 2018, North Star has been bundled with McKinley Institute of Technology, and Orion as a single bid package to make the value of the construction more efficient. A bid walk for contractors was held in August 2018. Bids were received September 11, 2018.

     

    Next steps for North Star include a review of bid submissions for the Orion Alternative, McKinley Institute of Technology, and North Star Academy bid package, followed by the start of the construction phase.

     

    The Bond Team is happy to share that the timeline for completing all RCSD school site projects has been shortened to five years instead of the previously expected seven. Construction on some District sites is expected to begin as early as the start of 2019.

     

    For further information and inquiry, please contact Don Dias.

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  • North Star Lunch Shelter Weekly Update

    Posted by Ty Specht on 11/6/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Weekly Construction Update: Week of November 6

    Project: Lunch Shelter

    Description of Work: General Contractor has completed grinding and leveling of the existing asphalt. Shade Structure contractor has cut holes in the asphalt to insert columns and footings for the shade structure.

    One Week Schedule: Shade Structure Installer to drill holes and fill with concrete, set steel plates, columns, and grout this coming week. 

    Immediate Site Impacts:

      Y N   Nature of Impact      
    Traffic   X    
    Sound     Trucks and pouring.
    Smell   X    
    Power   X    
    Classroom Impact X     Minimal impact to the PE areas due to noise. 
    After Hours work   X    
    Weekend Work   X    
    Weather Delay   X    

    NSA1

     

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  • North Star Lunch Shelter Weekly Update

    Posted by Ty Specht on 10/30/2017

    Weekly Construction Update: Week of October 30 - November 3

    Project: Lunch Shelter

    Description of Work: General Contractor has removed and off hauled all demoed fencing, gates, and bollards.

    One Week Schedule: No construction activities scheduled.

    Immediate Site Impacts:

      Y N   Nature of Impact      
    Traffic   X    
    Sound    X     
    Smell   X    
    Power   X    
    Classroom Impact      
    After Hours work   X    
    Weekend Work   X    
    Weather Delay   X    

     

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  • North Star Lunch Shelter Weekly Update

    Posted by Ty Specht on 10/23/2017 12:00:00 PM

    Weekly Construction Update: Week of October 23-27

    Project: HVAC Upgrade

    Description of Work: Construction company installed fencing to secure construction area and removed bollards from the parking lot.

    One Week Schedule: No construction activities scheduled.

    Immediate Site Impacts:

      Y N   Nature of Impact      
    Traffic   X    
    Sound   X    
    Smell   X    
    Power   X    
    Classroom Impact   X    
    After Hours work   X    
    Weekend Work   X    
    Weather Delay   X    

    NSA Lunch Shelter

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  • North Star Lunch Shelter Schedule Update

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/22/2017 12:00:00 PM

    To the Communities of Fair Oaks, Roy Cloud, John F. Kennedy, North Star Academy, and MIT Schools,

     

    The Bond Program Team would like to update you on the progress of the Lunch Shelter Projects scheduled to start this summer while the students were on break.

     

    We are equally disappointed the lunch shelters are not installed but State of California Regulations sometimes slow projects down, as they did in this case. These regulations are in place to ensure the absolute safety of students and staff and provide the oversite for all safety on State Property. I appreciate these checks and balances as nothing is more important than the safety of our students.

     

    The California Geological Survey (CGS), working in partnership with the Division of State Architects (DSA), identified issues with the soil in "liquefaction zones" at some of our sites that require additional design review, hence the delay in approval at those identified sites and where we are today.

     

    The Bond Team negotiated a large purchase discount by agreeing to install all five shelters at the same time. We agreed this to ensure all five projects meet the budget. All shelters will be shipped to the schools when final design approval is granted for all sites. There is a Special Inspector assigned to this manufacturing plant that oversaw the construction to ensure all welds are properly performed on these structures during the entire production process.

     

    We will have two different Contractors performing the on-site work, the first does all the ground preparation and accessibility update requirements and the second installs the actual structures.

     

    Next step is awarding a contractor to complete the ground work. Bid opening is on August 24. Unfortunately, no contractors bid on this project during the first solicitation over the summer citing their summer schedules were full. Once on-site, this contractor will be required to fence off the area of work to physically separate the students from the construction for safety.

     

    Following that, the structures will be delivered and installed. With the lunch shelters in place, the final ground work will be completed and then picnic tables will be installed. We appreciate your patience with this process. We know it is disappointing, but student safety must never be compromised for the sake of a paper or verbal schedule.

     

    Regards,

     

    The Measure T Bond Program Team

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  • North Star Conceptual Design

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/17/2017 10:30:00 AM

    There are multiple phases of design that your school will progress through over the next several month. Those phases include:

     

    • Conceptual Design
    • Schematic Design
    • Design Development
    • Construction Documents
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    A critical part of every project is the budget and ensuring that the design maximizes the budget. The architect of your school was provided a set budget and a design objective based on the goals of the Master Facility Plan and the board approved Gap Analysis finding. The attached document reflects the architect’s conceptual design for your site. Conceptual designs can be considered the first drawings that outline desires and opportunities. The level of detail is limited in this phase. The next phase, schematic development, will show addition details like wall locations, doors, and windows.

     

    The Bond Program Team is in constant contact with the school principal to confirm design developments through the entire process for feedback and design confirmation.

     

    Conceptual Design

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  • North Star Neighborhood Meeting

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/17/2017 10:00:00 AM

    The Redwood City School District Measure T Bond Team invited the local community to attend an informational session about their school on one of three days in April or May of 2017. The content of the meeting included a welcome message from Dr. John Baker, Superintendent, a Measure T overall Bond Update, as well as school specific updates in a breakout session.

     

    Attached is a copy of the presentation provided at the Town Hall meeting.

    Neighborhood Meeting - Overview

    Neighborhood Meeting - NSA

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  • North Star Gap Analysis

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/17/2017 9:30:00 AM

    The Master Plan developed by LPA outlined the future vision for Redwood City Schools 10 - 15 years into the future. Rarely can a single bond program accomplish everything a master facility plan outlines. This is true for the current Measure T Bond and the RCSD Master Facility Plan. The Measure T Bond has a limited amount of resources, approximately $200 million dollars to be shared by all school sites based on the Board of Education approved funding allocations.

     

    With the understanding of each schools sites budget, the architect completing the Facility Master Plan was asked to provide an approximate scope of work at each school that could meet the budget allocations. This plan is known as the "blue line" plans shared with the community.

     

    The “blue line” plans take a very high level vision and attempted to separate the plan into a first phase of work to align with the Measure T Bond funding. Unfortunately, some small omissions occurred in this plan causing a potential gap in teaching and resource spaces. The Bond Program Team presented to the Board of Education a “gap analysis” which outlined these omissions and how the Board of Education needed to realign each school's vision with the funding available to ensure no loss in teaching space or student resources while staying authentic to the goals of the Facility Master Plan. 

     

    The attached document outlines this exercise.

    NSA GAP ANALYSIS

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  • North Star RCSD FMP

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/17/2017 9:00:00 AM

    The attached document is the Master Plan guide for Redwood City Schools. 

     

    "A Facilities Master Plan (FMP) is strategic in nature. It identifies a vision for the next 10 to 15 years. The site master plans (refer to Section 4.0) provide a graphic representation of this vision for each site. It is important to note that the individual school site master plan is not a design but rather a plan for the future improvement of the District's facilities, in support of the educational program goals for student achievement."

    Please read all four sections of the Master Plan to understand the process, planning and considerations, projected costs, and site specific plans for your school. 

     

    The Master Plan is one of many documents informing the design decisions made at your school. 

     Section 1 LPA Master Plan

    Section 2 LPA Master Plan

    Section 3 - LPA Master Plan

    Facilities Master Plan, Section 4, Site Master Plan: North Star Academy

     

    Thanks,

    RCSD Bond Team

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