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The school council was briefed on the district’s capital projects, including a handful in Lehigh Acres.

One of those projects is “MM” Middle School with a total project cost of $ 54,244,892. Construction on the project began on February 10, 2020 with a major completion date on July 15, followed by a tape breakthrough for the board on July 18.

Construction project manager Scott Reichenbacher said that the soil improvement for the extension of the building had started so that there was no huge mud field in front of the new building.

“The job is done, so we have no impact on the schools if we open in August,” he said. “It will sit there for about six months while we design the additional building ourselves with the new architect.” he said.

The most important highlights of the middle school include the punching work in buildings one and two; the administrative area is completed, cleaned and furniture moved in, as well as other furniture delivered and made available in the canteen.

Another project, the Buckingham Transport Dispatch Building, was also discussed.

Reichenbacher said it was heard that the building’s cost could double from $ 800,000 to $ 1.6 million. He said this could lead the board to decide it’s a no-go or a go project.

Key highlights include that RG Architects has 100 percent of the drawings ready and waiting for the site manager to submit a proposal, and that the application was submitted to the Florida Department of Environment on June 4th.

The roofing installation for the portable devices of the Harns Marsh Elementary School will also be carried out this week and should be completed before the start of the school year.

The rest of the Harns Marsh canopies started this week and will be ready by the beginning of the school year

The portable repair at Varsity Lakes Middle School, another major ongoing project, has a major completion date of July 29th. The repair includes the foundation, gutter, and interior for $ 182,000.

Reichenbacher told the board that every job will be 20 percent more expensive.

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