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September 20, 2017 Article 2 min read

Summer work across the Southgate Community School District came to a successful close for the new school year. Efficiencies during the construction process allowed the district to complete additional work within the projects.

Image of elementary school kids running on the grass

Students and faculty were welcomed back to school with newly renovated buildings and sites at several Southgate Community Schools. These projects are part of Bid Packs #6 and #7, which together account for $9.3 million of the district’s $20 million bond program.

Plante Moran Cresa, as the district’s owner’s representative, has played a role in monitoring the schedule and budget for the entire program since the bond passed in 2015. We’re happy to report that efficiencies during the construction process have brought the bond projects under budget, allowing the district to complete additional work within the projects. This is a big win for the construction team, the district, and community, so congratulations to all!

Celebrating the completed summer work

Bid pack #6 provided the following upgrades and improvements:

  • Parking lot renovations and site improvements to Fordline Elementary School, Davidson Middle School, Anderson High School, Beacon Day Treatment Center, and Asher Alternative High School
  • New tennis courts at Anderson High School
  • Softball and baseball field upgrades at Anderson High School
  • Practice football field drainage upgrades at Anderson High School

Bid pack #7 provided the following upgrades and improvements across the district:

  • Boiler replacements at Allen Elementary School, Shelters Elementary School, Fordline Elementary School, Anderson High School, and Beacon Day Treatment Center
  • Mechanical unit replacements at Anderson High School and Beacon Day Treatment Center
  • Exterior building lighting replacements at all buildings
  • Miscellaneous architectural renovations or upgrades at all buildings

Also completed this summer were about $900,000 in roofing replacements and upgrades at five of the district’s schools: Allen Elementary School, Shelters Elementary School, Fordline Elementary School, Anderson High School, Beacon Day Treatment Center, and Asher Alternative High School.

On September 29, the district is inviting students, parents, alumni, and community members to Anderson High School for a tour of the new athletic facilities before the start of the school’s homecoming game. We hope to see you there!

Parking lot and new tennis court in Southgate Community School District

Upcoming bond work

In the next 12 months, the community can expect to see more improvements, such as:

  • Lighting upgrades for the Anderson High School auditorium
  • Roofing replacement at Anderson High School
  • Furniture replacements at various schools throughout the district

Plante Moran Cresa is excited to continue working with Southgate Community School District on its bond program as we enter the final year of work. With a successful end in sight, we’ll continue to work with the district, architect, and contractors to keep the program’s scope, schedule, and budget on track.