Measure V Update - October 2009
Fairmont Charter Elementary School
Fairmont Charter Elementary School – New Green and Energy-Efficient School Opens August 2009
Fairmont Charter Elementary School, 1355 Marshall Road, Vacaville, CA 95687, (707) 453-6240
(For complete article, please download the full project update located to your right under Fairmont Charter School - Full Project Upate)
After two years of planning, design and construction, Fairmont Charter Elementary School opened on time and under budget for the first day of school, August 13, 2009. Students, parents and staff all are excited about the new building and are getting used to the new surroundings.
The new school was built next door to the old school on the same site. The old school, built in 1968, was demolished during the summer, 2009.
Grand Opening Ceremony
A Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Charter Elementary School. Everyone is welcome to attend. Our keynote speaker is California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell.
The school is a two-story single building with over 53,000 square feet, 27 classrooms, multi-purpose room library, computer lab, office and other spaces. The construction meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for green and sustainable design and construction and will provide the District with much-needed energy savings throughout the coming years. The construction is of steel and concrete and will last for many years without termite or dry rot problems that many wooden-construction schools have. Project costs, including construction and all other design and fee costs, including demolition of the old school and new playfields and playgrounds, is about $21 million.
This project was a fast one – with it taking about two years from first concept (in July, 2007) to turning over the school from the contractor to the District in July, 2009.
The project was funded with 15 million of Measure V, local General Obligation bond funds, plus about $4 million in development impact fees and another $2 million in anticipated State School Facility Program funding.
The school has many green and sustainable features which will help the District save money in utility costs.
The school was built using the Lease-Leaseback method of project delivery. We also used Lean Design and Lean Construction methodologies, bringing a concept from Toyota Manufacturing, reducing inefficiencies, time and cost. The school site design committee, made up of teachers, school secretaries, custodians, principal, librarian, parents and design team, visited Lodi Unified School District to see a similar school design that had been constructed by the same contractor, Roebbelen Contractors, Inc. Using a highly collaborative approach from the start, the Project Team, including the owner, project manager, design team, general contractor (lease-leaseback entity), multiple subconsultants and eventually subcontractors, met every week for almost two years, from start of conceptual design through construction. This method was the deciding factor in being able to build the school so quickly under budget.