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Project Spotlight: New Brownsboro Elementary School for Oldham County Public Schools

The Builders Exchange of Kentucky is happy to spotlight upcoming Kentuckiana construction projects as presented by the owners, architects, or engineers funding and designing them.

Today, Robert Haffermann of K. Norman Berry Associates Architects gives a preview of the new Brownsboro Elementary School project for Oldham County Public Schools, which will be bidding on September 26, 2012. Members of Builders Exchange of Kentucky can click here to view and track this project (LOGIN REQUIRED).


Robert Haffermann, AIA
LEED AP Principal
K. Norman Berry Associates Architects PLLC

History of the project

The first phase to be implemented from the initial Master Plan completed in 2010, this one-story 750 student Brownsboro Elementary School will be constructed in harmony with the surrounding site. The layout creates a compact plan to minimize hallway lengths creating an intimate learning environment.  Additionally the mass of the school is broken up into separate wings, bringing down the scale of the building while allowing a small tower to function as a clear entry marker at the parent drop off point.

Oldham County Schools has used a “campus concept” successfully at the other Oldham County campuses. With the acquisition of the 95-acre former nursery property, the relationship of elementary, middle and high school programmatic requirements could be properly and successfully planned. Future areas of the campus that typically can be shared (band and choral programs, auditorium, athletics, etc.) are integrated into the concept.

Project rendering

Special Features

Among the building’s energy saving and ecologically friendly design features are: exterior walls constructed with Insulated Concrete Forms, a geothermal ground-well system for heating and cooling, a small rain garden and a full site storm water runoff stepped basin purification system.

Square Footage

80,300 SF

Cost Estimate


Type of Construction

Load-bearing Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) exterior walls with a combination of light-gage metal truss and bar joist roof framing systems. The majority of the building will have a structural standing seam metal roof

Trades to be enlisted

Site excavation and grading; selective structure demolition; cast-in-place concrete (foundations and flatwork); insulated concrete forms; brick veneer and concrete block masonry; structural and miscellaneous steel; rough carpentry; insulated-core exterior metal wall panels; finish hardware, doors and frames; aluminum windows and storefront; polished concrete floors; resilient flooring; MMA flooring; painting; carpeting; acoustical tile ceilings; wood gymnasium flooring; telescoping bleachers; manufactured casework; food service equipment.

Dates: release, prebid, bid, completion

Bid documents are available starting on August 30, 2012. A printed copy of the bid documents may be obtained by the contractors from the Don Meredith Co. (502) 636-0155.  A compact disk (CD) containing PDF files of the drawings and specifications also may be obtained.

A pre-bid meeting for the project will be held Wednesday September 12, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. at the Oldham County Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg Road Crestwood KY 40014.

Bids are due Thursday September 26, 2012 at 2 pm. Bids are to be delivered to the Oldham County Board of Education. Bid Guaranty in the form of a Certified/Cashier’s Check or Bid Bond shall accompany each bid.

Substantial completion is to be obtained by April 30, 2014.

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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.