Lebanon High School - Odle McGuire ShookLEBANON, IND. – August 24, 2011 –The Lebanon Community School Corporation school board recently voted to approve the Design Build Team of Shiel Sexton and OMS (Odle McGuire Shook) Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design to lead the design-build team for an addition and renovation to Lebanon High School, replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Central Elementary School and replacing the HVAC controls at buildings throughout the district. Shiel Sexton / OMS was the team recommended by the district’s Technical Review Committee.

“After reviewing the qualifications of a number of firms, the Technical Review Committee asked three teams to submit proposals,” said Bob Ross, Executive Director of Operations for Lebanon Community School Corporation and a member of the Technical Review Committee. “We then reviewed their proposals in detail and interviewed each team at the Committee’s public meetings.

“All three teams were well qualified, and we thank them for the tremendous effort they put into their proposals. After our committee’s intense review, we determined the Shiel Sexton / OMS proposal provided the most value for the taxpayers’ money, sound engineering for the infrastructure upgrades and a creative approach to the high school renovation.”

Now that the design-build team has been selected, the Lebanon High School renovation will begin before the end of this year and be completed by the end of 2013.

“We are already beginning to apply for various permits to be able to start construction,” said Ross.

A public groundbreaking for the renovation was held on September 26 at 2pm.

Lebanon High School’s renovation is the most extensive project of the $40 million in district-wide facility improvements approved by voters in November 2011. The district began construction this summer to centralize video surveillance at all school buildings, create a secure entrance at Lebanon Middle School, and replace the roof at Hattie B. Stokes Elementary School.

The overall renovations will also include installing digital temperature controls at all buildings in 2012 and energy efficiency improvements. Energy improvements will save operating costs for the district.

The renovation of Lebanon High School will add more and larger classrooms, widen main circulation hallways, reorganize the building, improve temperature controls, improve video surveillance and security systems and upgrade the building’s technology to create a 21st century learning environment. The improvements also will include correcting site circulation, improving traffic and pedestrian safety,

Due to a cooperative agreement with the City of Lebanon and $500,000 in additional funding, the Lebanon High School addition will include an expanded community center to host educational programs, community meetings, conferences, workshops and other programs to enhance the school district’s partnership with the community, boost economic development for the area and give the school district a closer relationship with Purdue and other universities.

The district is using a design-build project delivery method for the projects; the chosen method of delivery can reduce costs by streamlining scheduling and decision making.

The Technical Review Committee consisted of Bob Ross as the school administration representative; Ron Ewing, Professional Engineer; Debra Kunce, Registered Architect; Fred Jones, local businessman and contractor; and David Herr, LCSC Board Member, representing the Lebanon community.

Additional information about the school renovations is available at www.leb.k12.in.us.

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