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October 30, 2019, FUSD Board of Education Meeting – Measure E Bond Program
Posted 11/1/19

Regarding meeting items related to facilities and construction, the Board:


  • Authorized staff to amend the agreement with Signet Testing Labs, Inc., for an amount not to exceed $54,809 for the modernization project at American High School. Signet is providing material testing and special inspection services for the project. The total contract amount is now $81,231. The initial Request for Proposal (RFP) for material testing and inspection services included a proposed construction phasing plan for bidding. Once the contractor was selected, the contractor proposed a modified phasing plan to deliver the work at the best price while minimizing campus disruptions. The testing and inspection services RFP and resulting agreement included the original proposed construction phasing plan and not the revised one by the contractor. This revised phasing plan impacted the required number of testing and inspection site visits than was anticipated in Signet’s original proposal. In addition, the new chiller was relocated due to an abundance of underground utilities and a new concrete masonry unit wall was added around the chiller, whereby increasing the scope of work and duration of the testing and inspection.


  • Received a presentation on the new construction and modernization project at Hopkins Middle School and authorized staff to proceed with option 2B. Architect HKIT produced three design options for the project. Option 2B provides extensive modernization for a permanent capacity of 1,352 students, includes a new multiuse, combination space (student union); and a new music classroom. Option 2B is estimated at $84.1 million. The project budget is $68.1 million with the potential to be supplemented from the $25.8 million remaining from the additional allocation for the middle school conversion projects. With this authorization, the architect will proceed with the schematic design so the current schedule can be met for the Hopkins Middle School conversion for the 2022-23 school year.


  • Held a public hearing, as required by law, on the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) Equivalent Report for the new construction and modernization projects at Thornton Middle School. Recently, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control approved the PEA for public review. A public comment period for the PEA report commenced on October 25, 2019 and will end on November 25, 2019. Written comments on the PEA report will be accepted during this time and should be directed to John Chwastyk, Director of Facilities, at (510) 659-2559, Ext. 12445, or



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