Lorain, Ohio: On April 21st, the Lorain School awarded 14 bid packages for construction of the new Lorain High School at the Charleston Administration Building. The construction manager for the project, Dana Hammond said that the bids total about $1 million less than costs estimated by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The construction is expected to start this month on Building A between Pole and Ashland avenues
Robert A. Fiala, a partner with Then Design Architecture in Willoughby thanked the board for showing confidence in them. It is supposed to be the most state-of-the-art high school in the State of Ohio and the community college of the high school. According to the project architect for TDA, Ed Shearson, it is an exciting project. He showed site drawings on a large screen in the Lorain Board of Education meeting room and pointed out highlights of the three buildings.
He also added that Building A will be built first and will comprise of a cafeteria, three gymnasiums, a Lorain High School Hall of Fame, a public restaurant to be run by the culinary arts program, weight rooms and wrestling areas.
President of Lorain County AFL-CIO, Harry Williamson Jr., informed that this is a union community representing 45 unions in the county. He added that the school board worked with them on the project labor agreement that was honored by the state. Local workers are going to be hired for the project, though the companies may not be local. The project is still coming in from $1 million to $1.5 million under budget.
Operations manager for Lorain City Schools, Jeff Hawks, announced that there is no other athletic facility in the state like this. The various other bids awarded for the project include: