Leading Up to Construction
    News:  March 5, 2007
    The Board voted to accept a contract to Chrisner Group for $24,000 for environmental certification (LEED- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This will allow the district to have LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.
    "The up front costs always pay off in the end," said Board member Antonio Calcado. The Phase Two athletic field site construction, which includes moving the football field, was awarded to JC Landscape Construction and Management Co. Inc. in Kinnelon for a little over $4 million. Dr. Draeger explained that this is under the budget estimate and will allow the district to meet its time schedule. "I feel confident in saying that our fall sports season is safe," he said. Business manager Steve Robinson added that the contract also includes site work, the bleachers, and the track which is at the end of its life expectancy.

    Update to Board of Education:  February 26
    Project in pre-construction review and approval.
    Tim Howarth, Project Manager, Turner Construction, and Jim Pellecchia, also of Turner, said that the project will be split into two separate stages. The early package includes moving the football field and track, drainage of the fields, and moving the bleachers and lights.
    As of now all dates that had been established for pre-construction have been met. The Letter of Intent and general permit from the state has been received; the soil conservation approval has been completed and all issues related to Green Acres have been resolved. The Board received approval from the Department of Community Affairs for the early package and it has been put out to bid.
    The early package is broken down into two phases: A (the football field and related items) and B (movement and completion of the track).
    Eight contractors picked up bid packages and the bids are due on March 1. When the contractor is selected, the target date to begin the project will be April 2007, with completion scheduled for early September 2007. While everyone understands the importance of completion in time for the opening of football season, Pellechia noted that they "can"t control unforeseen weather or building circumstances that can impact a project."
    Phase B, moving the track, is targeted to be completed with the track back in use by September 2008.
    The second phase of construction, or the "main project," is scheduled to go out bid in May 2007. Ground should be broken for the science building in July 2007 with a completion date of September 2008.
    "We have a very strict timeline," said Howarth. During the main project, both the science wing and physical education building will be under construction and some interior renovations of the music department and science wing will take place. Renovations and additions within the high school are targeted for March 2009 completion.

    January 12, 2007
    • Architectural plans at the State DCA (Department of Consumer Affairs) for review
    • Oversight Committee to meet next week for another review

    December 4, 2006

    November 20, 2006
    Superintendent Dr. Brad DraegerBoard of Education Workshop Meeting Presentations
    Town and Schools Swap Land
    The Board of Education and the Township Council agreed to swap two small parcels of land that each entity had believed it owned. The Town will turn over a strip of land where the football field, track and bleachers are now located to the Board. this will allow the proposed gymnasium addition to be built at the rear of LHS. In return the Board will turn a parcel of land on which the Haines lap pool is located. The discrepancy was discovered when a title search was done for the high school construction project. The Board approved the swap on October 26 and the Council approved it on October 30.

    August 14, 2006
    Board authorized agreement with engineering firm of Dometech Commissioning Services, Edison, NJ.
    August 2006
    Construction on 75 new parking spots on North side of Livingston High School taking place. Anticipated completion by first day of school, Sept. 7.

    July 17, 2006
    The Board appointed Turner Construction Company as Construction Manager for the LHS construction and renovation project. It also awarded the contract for construction at the North parking lot to Drill Construction Co., Inc. The parking lot project will take place this summer. (In addition, the Board approved the specs and documents to convert the Burnet Hill activity room into a classroom and SGI.) 

    June 19, 2006
    Architect Updates the Board:  At the June 19 Board of Education meeting, architect Patrick Seiwell of Design Resources Group explained that the construction schedule is at the 35 percent point. . .The Board agreed to pursue LEED certification and get alternative bids for air conditioning.
    View the powerpoint.

    May 1, 2006
    Approved first sale of bonds ($8 million) to start funding renovations/additions at LHS. Hired McManimon & Scotland, LLC to provide bond services.

    March 7, 2006
    Civil Engineering Contract On March 6, the Board awarded a professional services contract for civil engineering for the additions and alterations to Livingston High School to Gianforcaro Architects-Engineers-Planners. The surveys will needed, in part, to expand the north parking lot over the summer.

    February 6, 2006
    The LHS Referendum Advisory Committee was approved by the Board of Education; Doree Kesselbrenner, vice president of the Board of Education, and Antonio Calcado will be liaisons to this committee. Named to the committee are: Jack Ackerman, Lisa Bayer, Edward Bier, Trudy Bier, Mark Burack, Robert Emert, Scott Goldman, Stanley Graboski, Charles Granata, Harvey Grossman, Allan Hirschhorn, John Langdon, Marlene Laveman, Bob Leopold, Arthur Lowe, Donald Newell, Nick Pulitano, Bernard Searle, Yiren Wang and Jason Wiseberg. The Committee"s first meeting will be February 16.
    The architect, Design Resources Group, has been examining drawings and analyzing code to determine "what we have and what we need," according to architect Patrick Seiwell. They are seeking RFPs for site, civil, environmental and other services.

    January 9, 2006
    Update: The Oversight Committee; Legislation

    December 2005 Update
    Thank you for voting in the Livingston High School Referendum Election on Dec. 13, 2005, which the voters passed.
    The design phase is beginning, with actual construction expected to take place between June 2007 and January 2009.
    Livingston is one of only 36% of the districts in the State to pass a referendum in December. Of the 19 districts that held elections on December 13, only seven referenda were passed. Our district is eligible for a state grant of approximately $10.3 million toward the cost of construction - but we can only receive this if the Schools Construction Corp. is re-funded. 
    The project will add approximately 95,000 square feet and renovate approximately 68,000 square feet to LHS. It includes a new science wing and robotics lab, additional classrooms, a new gym, a second TV studio and an expanded student cafeteria. 

    Additional information:
    More than 150 people attended the high school tour on November 15. Read the LHS Tour.

    For FUSE (Facility Use and Student Enrollment) Committee pages with links to earlier reports and drawings, contact Ellen Lazer.
    Architectural Awards for Heritage and Mount Pleasant Schools
Last Modified on July 9, 2013