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Rhea County High School

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The Challenge

Hewlett Spencer was chosen to lead the construction efforts for a 2000-student high school in Rhea County Tennessee. The challenge? The client requested a plan to build the high school on their current campus, while making sure that classes could be held with no interruption.

Our Solution

Hewlett Spencer's first charge was to survey the existing high school campus. Working with the architect, it was determined that using existing land along with relocating the softball field would allow for the new two-story building to stay within the current campus. Building the new high school on the existing campus would save millions for the client as approximately $4 million worth of sports complexes would not have to be rebuilt, there would be no need for any new utility expenses and the client would not have to spend $1 million plus on buying new property.

In the first several months, meetings were held with all school department heads to develop a needs assessment and to establish the "program". With that information, an initial recommendation was developed to give the board an estimated cost of construction, which came in $2.5 million over the 35 million dollar budget set by the Rhea County Commission. In order to make the school a reality, Hewlett Spencer helped the school evaluate and manage the scope of the project. It was important to not only fulfill current needs, but also plan for future growth.

As part of the planning for growth, Hewlett Spencer was also charged with renovating the current high school, which would serve as the new middle school, as well as renovating the Career Technology building to give top-of-the-line training of vocational skills. After the completion of this process, the second project budget came in $1.2 million under budget, with hopes of that cost continuing to lower after the hard bid process, which was achieved, with a final cost that was just over $4 million under the original budget projection.

The project broke ground on the current campus in September of 2011 and will be complete, August 2013.

Project At a Glance:
Project Budget: $35 million
Initial Projection: $37,146,718
Cost After Scope Management: $33,798,896
Cost After Hard Bid and GMP given to client: $30,953,824
Start Date: September 2011
Completion Date: August 2013

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