Monthly Archives: February 2012

IPIN Tip of the Month: Creating a SAM Search Filter

Searching the index of a spec book to see if your trade is listed is one thing, but what if you’re looking for very specific, hard-to-find words or phrases that are not listed in the spec index?

In the last IPIN Tip of the Month I covered how to create custom filters by searching for keywords, phrases, and CSI Codes using the spec index and CSI Mastercode search. If you missed that article, I recommend reading it by clicking here before moving ahead with this article .

In this article I will show you how to use the SAM Search function to filter through every word in every spec book and addenda in the Builders Exchange IPIN System.

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Washington County High School to be Replaced by New Facility

By: Stacey McChord, Marketing Director – Ross-Tarrant Architects

Built in 1965, Washington County High School is no longer able to support the needs of its students, faculty and administrators. The Washington County Board of Education has worked with RossTarrant Architects to design a new High School facility for the District. The new school, which will be designed for 600 students, will allow for a redistribution of students that will provide more space District-wide. Upon completion, the attractive new facility will spur economic development in the region by attracting new industry to Springfield.

Render via Ross-Tarrant

This high-performance school will feature a wide variety of energy saving features and may target LEED Certification. Passive daylighting and occupancy sensors on lighting will help minimize the building’s energy consumption. A cool roof coupled with highly-efficient insulated concrete form (ICF) wall construction will optimize the efficiency of the HVAC system and further bolster energy efficiency. The building will be Commissioned to maximize the performance of all of its systems.

Render via Ross-Tarrant

This 98,000 square foot project is estimated to cost $17,500,000 and is currently scheduled to be advertised on March 14th. One Prime Contract will be awarded. Some project components will be bid as alternates, including a geothermal HVAC system and a net-zero science classroom.


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Thirteen Fort Knox and Fort Campbell Schools to be Renovated or Replaced by 2016

By: Mary Beth Hewett – Construction News Reporter

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) has initiated a program to replace or significantly renovate over 100 DODEA schools in the US and abroad at a projected cost of $3.7 billion. From now until 2016, aging facilities will be replaced with state-of-the-art schools to support dependent education for the next 45 years. Most DODEA schools were built during the Cold War – some are pre-World War II – and the lack of major upgrades over the years has led to deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating and cooling systems.

Fort Knox High School (Image via Fort Knox, KY)

Fort Knox and Fort Campbell currently have a combined total of 13 schools that will positively benefit from this program. Estimates indicate renovations will range from $3 – $5 million, and rebuilds will range from $36 – $48 million.  Fort Campbell alone represents school replacement projects valued at approximately $210 million (FY 13 – 17). DODEA has identified the following schools to replace or renovate, with approximate total project cost estimate (PA) and the year the project solicitation will be issued:

Fort Knox:

Kingsolver/Pierce Elementary School (2012) – $39M

Van Voorhis/Mudge Elementary School (2014) – $41M

Walker/Macdonald Intermediate School (2015) – $43M

Fort Knox High School Addition/Renovation (2015) – $3M

Scott Middle School (2015) – $37M

Fort Campbell:

Barkley Elementary School (2013) – $42M

Wassom Middle School (2014) – $38M

Marshall Elementary School (2014) – $44M

Fort Campbell High School Addition/Renovation (2014) – $30M

Jackson Elementary School (2015) – $44M

Lincoln Elementary School (2016) – $47M

KY District Superintendent’s Office (2016) – $5M

Mahaffey Middle School (2017) – $48M

Marshall Elementary School (Image via Fort Campbell Schools)

Design of these projects has previously been awarded under seven Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts through the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers. IDIQ contracts are used to provide an indefinite quantity of supplies or services during a fixed period of time, and this method was used to assign design services for these 13 projects.

Information at this time indicates it is likely that construction contracts will be acquired by the geographic support district as fixed price, competitively solicited contracts, on a project-by-project basis.

With all government projects, the future is dependent on funding, and the project could be pulled at any time. Our reporting staff filters the FedBizOps website seeking out Announcements for Market Studies, Presolicitation or Solicitation for Bid in order to bring these projects to you. Click here (membership required) to access the entire Pre-Bid area of our site and browse through these and over 300 additional upcoming projects in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.