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Wilsona trims projects to stay within building budget

first_imgLAKE LOS ANGELES – Soaring construction costs are forcing Wilsona School District officials to re-examine school-building projects to see where costs can be cut. Research by consultants indicated that bids would come in $1.6 million over what Wilsona is receiving from the state to build an elementary school, expand a middle school and refurbish an elementary school campus. “Construction costs are continuing to climb,” Superintendent Ned McNabb said. “What we see, based on the knowledge of what bids are, when we get those numbers back, they are a little too high on all three projects, so we’ve got to cut costs. It’s a matter of looking at anything that is fancier than it needs to be.” Wilsona trustees were briefed at last week’s meeting on the design changes needed to reduce construction costs and were informed that the alterations could delay the start of construction anywhere from two to three weeks to up to four months. Saddleback will be the district’s third elementary school. The kindergarten-through-fifth-grade campus will be at 150th Street East and Avenue N-12 and will be designed to hold 750 students. School officials say Lake Los Angeles’ population is growing, fueled by new home construction and families with grown children moving out and families with young children moving in. With home prices rising, homeowners with older children are taking advantage of higher home equity and leaving the area. Lake Los Angeles home prices remain well below those in other parts of the county. The people moving into the area are mostly from outside the Antelope Valley, district officials said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Depending on how the state architect views the changes, we might have some delays,” McNabb said. Wilsona has been approved to receive nearly $19 million in state hardship funding to build Saddleback Elementary School at a cost of $11.84 million, add 11 classrooms at Challenger Middle School for $4.54 million and replace 16 relocatable classrooms with new ones at Wilsona Elementary for $2.6 million. Design changes include installing three modular buildings instead of permanent ones – two at the Saddleback campus and one at Challenger – that would save about $600,000, McNabb said. Wilsona also plans to reduce asphalt paving and concrete work and simplify landscaping at Saddleback and Challenger, McNabb said. Wilsona officials had said in August that they hoped to begin construction on the Challenger and Saddleback projects in midfall. last_img read more