On behalf of the students, staff and the entire community, we would like to thank everyone for the generous support for our schools. On March 14, 2017, voters in the Bryant School District approved the 3.6 mill increase to fund new facilities and building projects for our current and future students.
Project updates are intended to allow parents, students, faculty, business leaders and other members of our community to view and engage in the process during the upcoming months and years. Your investment makes this progress possible. Our promise is reliable stewardship of your taxpayer dollars.
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- Aug 2017
Bryant Junior High School (Grades 8-9)
Located on the Hill Farm property, the new Bryant Junior High will serve students in grades 8-9.
With 8th grade students attending BJH, Bethel and Bryant Middle Schools will move to 6-7, allowing room for growth at both grade levels. Ninth grade students will be moved off the Bryant High School campus, allowing for growth at the 10, 11 and 12th grade levels. Overcrowding will decrease at all three schools and traffic patterns will improve.
BJH will initially be built with classroom space for 1,600 students. Multi-use spaces (cafeteria, gym, media center) will be built to accommodate 2,100 students. A classroom wing expansion can be added for future growth without the need to increase capacity in multi-use spaces.
Update December 2017: Many construction projects separate the site package from the building package to expedite the timeline. A site package bid of $3,863,884 from Baldwin and Shell was approved by the Board on October 26, 2017.
The construction package is planned for bidding in December 2017 pending approval from the state fire marshall. All city approvals have been granted for the project.
Update (April 2018): On February 5, 2018 the board approved the building package from Baldwin and Shell for the Bryant Junior High School for $43,750,861.
The junior high building package includes all driveways, parking lots, and curb cuts for Hill Farm Road.
While the project came in $3.5 million under budget, the district did not bid any football (including fieldhouse) or track facilities. The football/track facilities will be bid separately at a later time.
Update June 2018:
The Bryant School Board, staff and administration were joined by community members to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Bryant Junior High School on June 7.
Construction is already underway for the facility. When the doors open in August 2019, the new junior high school will serve Bryant students in the eighth and ninth grades.
Bethel and Bryant Middle Schools will shift to a sixth and seventh grade configuration, allowing room for growth at both of middle schools in each of the grade levels.
Additionally, ninth grade students will be moved from the high school campus, allowing for growth at the 10th, 11th and 12th grade levels. By building the new Bryant Jr. High, overcrowding will decrease at all current secondary schools which should have a positive impact on traffic patterns.
The facility will initially be built with classroom space for 1,600 students. The multi-use spaces (cafeteria, gym, media center) will be built to accommodate 2,000 students. A classroom wing expansion can be added for future growth without the need to increase capacity in multi-use spaces.
In addition to 73 classrooms, features of the new 252,000 square foot facility include science, business/career education, and family consumer science labs; music rehearsal spaces; art rooms; and multi-use areas including a black box theater. The two-story media center will feature a computer lab. Athletic spaces will include a 1,200 seat gym with stage; four practice courts and eight locker rooms.
In the new cafeteria, students will enjoy a dining and serving space large enough to provide 8-10 different food options.
The new junior high will provide outstanding opportunities for our students, in a safe and secure learning environment. We look forward to offering our Hornets a strong academic program focused on high student achievement, a comprehensive athletic program, and positive student activities.
We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our citizens, and we look forward to building the future of our school district and community together.
Update July 2018:
Update September 2018:
Field House/Track facility bids are expected by the end of September.
Update October 2018:
Jr High Fieldhouse
Several months ago the board approved a project price proposal for the Bryant Junior High. At the time it was put out for bid, the decision was made to pull the fieldhouse, track, and football fields from the project. The purpose was to obtain bids for the three high school projects to determine if those projects came in at, below, or above budget. Since those projects came in above budget, the decision was made to scale down the scope of the work for the junior high fieldhouse.
The new project proposal reflects the fieldhouse, track, and two football fields (with irrigation). It also includes the conduit for lighting to be added in the future.
On October 18, 2019, the Board approved the project price proposal for $2,649,672 from Baldwin and Shell for the Jr. High Fieldhouse.
As of October 18, construction on the junior high is running ahead of schedule. Four of the five areas of the building will be in the dry by Thanksgiving, which will help the project timeline going into winter.
Completion: July 2019
Estimated Costs*: $51,127,800
Total Cost*: $47,614,745
*Includes driveways, parking lots, and curb cuts for Hill Farm Road
*Does not include any football (including fieldhouse) or track facilities
State Participation: $18,144,320.85
- Nov 2017
Demolish existing bus yard adjacent to BHS; construct new facility on a property located near Hill Farm Elementary
Completion: August 2018
Estimated Costs*: $5,100,000
Total Cost: $5,098,212
Update April 2018: At the February 5, 2018 Special Board Meeting, board approval was given for the following packages in the amount of $1,248,652 for the Maintenance/Transportation/Technology Building from Baldwin and Shell: 1) Site Prep & Earthwork, 2) Storm Drainage & Site Utilities, and 3) Pre-Engineered Metal Building Supply.
Approval was given for the early site work to help meet the timeline for occupancy in August 2018. The remaining packages not included in the February 5, 2018 meeting totaled $3,849,560. With the early site package approval and the remaining packages approved, the total project cost is $5,098,212.
Scope of work includes a parking lot and driveway on the northeast side of the Hill Farm Elementary campus. The price also includes roads to be constructed from Hill Road to Hill Farm Road.
Update July 2018:
Update September 2018:
Bryant Public Schools will receive the Certificate of Occupancy on September 14.
- May 2018
Bryant High School Additions
Demolition Spring 2018: Love Auditorium; Buildings 8B and 9
Demolition Summer 2018: Buildings 13, 14, 16
Demolition Summer 2019: Buildings 4, 5, 20, 21, and 2
Estimated Costs*: $447,237
Construction of New Buildings
Fine Arts Start: May 2018
Cafeteria & PE Facility Start: June 2018
Completion: July 2019
- Fine Arts: $12,470,000
- Cafeteria: $10,350,000
- PE Facility: $16,650,000
State Participation: $11,416,428.91 (includes all three projects: Fine Arts, Cafeteria & PE Facility)
The PE Facility will be located at the west end of the plaza behind Building 10 with the Fine Arts and Cafeteria on either side, providing covered walkways from building to building and optimal parking for the P.E. Facility and Fine Arts Building to share. It will also allow for the delay of the demolition of Bldg. 2 which reduces the number of portable buildings during construction. The architect is John McMorran of Lewis, Elliott, McMorran, Vaden, Ragsdale, and Woodward.
Update April 2018: On February 22, 2018 the board voted to name the new fine arts facility “Bryant Fine Arts Center”. The auditorium will be named Edward Love Auditorium, in honor of Mr. Ed Love who served this district and community for many years.
Update June 2018: Renderings of the three new BHS buildings, Fine Arts Center, PE Facility and Cafeteria are now available. Projects are in the bid process.
Update: August 2018
High School Cafeteria
On July 19, the Board voted to approve the project price proposal for an amount not to exceed $8,316,579 from Baldwin and Shell for the High School Cafeteria, with the understanding that administration would continue to work with the architect and construction management teams to determine all potential savings. Administration will bring a change order for the final, reduced contract price to the board.
On June 21, the Board approved critical path packages (includes concrete, fire protection, plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, and Structural Steel Fabrication) in the amount of $6,180,473 from Baldwin and Shell as part of the building package for the Fine Arts Facility.
At the August 6 special meeting, the Board approved the building package for an amount not to exceed $16,145,851.00 from Baldwin and Shell for the P.E. Facility, with the understanding that administration would continue to work with the architect and construction management teams to determine all potential savings. Administration will bring a change order for the final, reduced contract price to the board.
The three high school projects came in above budgeted amounts. To reduce the costs of those projects, administration worked with the design and construction teams to identify value engineering (VE) items to obtain the most benefit for the value of the overall projects.
The recommendations for the Fine Arts Facility and Cafeteria include items that do not decrease square footage of the buildings. The majority of the items are related to finishes, that do not change functionality of the buildings.
At the August 6 special meeting, the Board accepted value engineering options for the Fine Arts Facility and Cafeteria to reduce the contracts for both projects. VE for the Fine Arts Facility resulted in a proposed $1,420,603 savings, reducing the proposed project price from $14,925,605 to $13,505,002.
VE estimates for the high school cafeteria were $390,769, reducing the proposed project price of $8,316,579 to $7,925,810.
Baldwin and Shell will bring a change order to reduce the contracts for both buildings at the regular September board meeting.
Early Site Packages
The demolition package in the amount of $224,111 from Baldwin and Shell for Love Auditorium, Building 8B, and the four houses on Harris Street was approved by the Bryant School Board on March 5.
On May 3, the Bryant School Board approved the early site package bid for $5,794,785 from Baldwin and Shell for the projects at Bryant High School. The early site package includes demolition of existing buildings, site work, and moving utilities.
Update October 2018:
Bids for the three high school projects were opened at the end of June and July. Costs were above estimates. Design and construction teams met with administration to identify value engineering items that could save money on the overall cost of the projects.
The design and construction teams brought lists of value engineering items to the board at previous meetings to determine the items to pursue or delete. Since that time, Baldwin and Shell worked with subcontractors for the respective items to gain as much savings as possible.
The change orders reflect the final cost after all value engineering items have been captured. It is important to note value engineering did not remove square footage from buildings or classrooms. Rather, finishes were changed to increase project savings.
On October 18, 2018, the Board voted to accept the change order for the high school cafeteria in the amount of $7,987,689 reducing the original contract amount by $328,890.00.
On October 18, 2018, the Board voted to accept the change order for the high school P.E. Facility in the amount of $15,790,596, reducing the original contract amount by $355,255.
On the high school campus, the old transportation and maintenance buildings have been demolished to make room for the new parking lots that will be completed Summer 2019.
- Start TBD
Hornet Stadium Upgrades
Stadium upgrades include adding bleacher space to home side; new press box; new concession stand; covered band shell and ticket entry area.
Completion: Construction will happen in phases as use of the facility is year round.
Estimated Costs*: TBD
State Participation: Project did not qualify for state participation funding
*The estimated cost for construction were derived from square foot calculations based on several known facts such as possible site locations, timing/scheduling, extensive historical cost data on similar projects in Central Arkansas, market conditions, inflationary impact study, State POR (Program of Requirements) and years of history of working with designs of the architect selected by the district. Estimates were based on costs for 2016.