Alabaster Schools Make Major Advancements

Alabaster city schools make major advancements

forward with their $10 million dollar project marked with a July 2017 completion date.

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Future site for Alabaster city schools.

The Alabaster Board of Education tonight approved a nearly $10 million bid for major site work in the development of the new Thompson High School.

“This is setting the foundation, literally, for the school and for our athletic facilities, and I think for everyone you’re going to see that site take shape,” board President Adam Moseley said in an interview before tonight’s meeting.

The board approved the low bid from Utah Construction Co. worth nearly $9.86 million for the mass grading package for the new school, which will be located on 128 acres north of Kent Dairy Road and east of Highway 17.

The groundwork includes a host of preparation activities including erosion control, site clearing, mass grading, retaining walls, storm water piping, sanitary sewer piping and water main relocation, Superintendent Wayne Vickers said before tonight’s meeting.

Other preparation activities include the building pad scope of work completed by Oct. 1, the athletic stadium and field scope of work completed by Jan. 1 and the remaining site scope of work including clearing and grading of access roads completed by April 1, 2016.

Vickers said the district board expects to accept the bid on the building and athletic facilities construction project in August with a start date set for Oct. 2. The new Thompson High School is expected to be completed July 17, 2017.

The new school, which carries a total price tag in the $90 million range, will offer 379,000 square feet, athletic fields and the district’s new career tech facilities.

“We’re the 16th largest high school in the state, and we’re also adding career tech facilities to the site so they’re right there on campus, which is a large part of what we’re trying to do with our career academies,” Vickers said.

Volkert Inc. is guiding the project for the school district. Already the property has been cleared of trees as well as debris in preparation for the ground work.

“We are doing all this and breaking it up in these packages to take advantage of moving ahead and getting the work going while the rest of design is being completed,” said Leon Barkan, vice president of program and construction management for Volkert Inc.

“Everything at this point has been on track and things are looking really good,” Barkan added. “It’s going to be fantastic.” Read more…

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Alabaster Housing Market Continues Surge

Alabaster Alabama New Home Construction

Alabaster continued to see higher hew home building permits through August than it did during the same time period in 2013, and is still seeing its highest number of new home permits since 2008.

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Through August, Alabaster had issued a total of 51 new home building permits, compared to 39 new home permits during the same time period in 2013, Ward 7 City Councilman Tommy Ryals said during a Sept. 15 meeting.

From Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2013, the city issued a total of 61 hew home building permits.

Ryals previously said this year’s new home permits likely will be at their highest since the nationwide economic downturn hit in 2008, but said the numbers are still a far cry from what the city saw in the early and mid-2000s.

The city issued a total of 59 new home permits in 2012, 30 permits in 2011 and 29 in 2010. Alabaster’s number of residential housing permits took a nosedive after the nationwide economic downturn hit in 2008. Alabaster went from a high of 354 new housing permits in 2004 before ending the year with 100 in 2008 and 48 in 2009. Read more…

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