BCSC approves construction manager as constructor contract

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. board members approved another construction manager as constructor (CMc) contract as part of phase one of the $306 million Envision 2030 facilities plan.

Board members on Monday night unanimously voted to approve a contract with Meyer Najem Construction for work on Northside Middle School and Columbus North High School.

Northside will undergo what BCSC officials described as a full renovation to the tune of $50.25 million with work expected to begin in 2025.

The renovations at Northside will primarily focus on interior renovations, especially in the original part of the building built in 1961, but will also include the creation of a performing arts/multi-purpose space, classroom renovations, new collaborative learning spaces, the conversion of a swimming pool to a performance facility, added safety measures and improvements to building circulation.

Phase one work on Columbus North, also starting in 2025, will see the conversion of a couple of adjacent spaces into a new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Bio Medical Lab, but will receive more intensive work in a future phase, according to BCSC officials. The expected cost for this portion is $430,000.

During the school board meeting on May 13, members approved a CMc contract with Maxwell Construction for work on about $23 million in renovations at Smith Elementary School and Columbus East High School and another with Taylor Bros and Pepper Construction to work as CMc on the new westside elementary school. The new elementary school is expected to cost around $60 million.

The Meyer Najem contract was originally on the agenda for the May 13 meeting, but was moved to the June 10 meeting to provide more time to iron out contract language, BCSC attorney Michael McIver said.

Phase one also includes renovations at Mt. Healthy Elementary and Central Middle School, a partial renovation of the Richard L. Johnson Early Learning Center and minor improvements at McDowell Adult Education Center.

Maxwell Construction was awarded as contractor for the R.L Johnson building — $1.36 million in renovations is to allow for the relocation of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center there.

Mt. Healthy and Central Middle School will undergo $8 million and $1.95 million in building renovations respectively.

McDowell Education Center will be the new home for Columbus Virtual Pathways (CVP) once CVP’s previous lease sunsets. The estimated cost of that is just over $1 million with an estimated start date of 2026. The projects at Mt. Healthy, Central Middle School and McDowell have yet to be designed and the bid process for the three will take place later.

The BCSC school board voted in December to issue up to $306 million in bonds for Envision 2030 and BCSC officials have said that all projects are able to completed tax-rate neutral.

Construction during Envision 2030 will take place during three phases over a period of five years, school officials said earlier.

Although not technically part of phase one of Envision 2030, renovations at Parkside and Schmitt elementaries are already underway.