Prop S Projects Impacted by COVID-Related Delays and Cost Increases
Prop S projects continue to be impacted by ongoing challenges facing the construction industry, including high demand, labor shortages, inflationary material costs and COVID-related delays in the steel and aluminum industries, which affect project timelines and budgets.
The District’s facilities advisory committee – made up of staff, parents and community stakeholders – has been proactively re-evaluating projects, with the goal of providing the greatest possible value for the District at the lowest possible cost in a difficult market. It is possible that some Prop S projects will need to be delayed, reconfigured or reprioritized in response to rising costs and supply shortages.
Four additional security vestibule projects at Barnwell, Francis Howell Middle, Independence, and John Weldon were completed over fall break, and construction on the new Francis Howell North is moving along well. The Guaranteed Maximum Price, or GMP, for the Francis Howell North project will be presented at a Board meeting in the near future. It is expected to come in higher than previously expected for the reasons noted above concerning the construction industry.
View the latest Construction Update presented to the Board of Education and follow along with Prop S progress at fhsdschools.org/props.