Auburn, AL, January 2014 – Bailey-Harris Construction Company has completed the new Park Crossing High School for Montgomery Public Schools in east Montgomery, AL. The state of the art facility is the first start up high school for Montgomery Public Schools since 1968 and serves grades 9 – 12. This is also the first high school in the rapidly expanding east side of Montgomery and is the realization of plans that began over 20 years ago by local Educators and Politicians. The $29.4 million facility covers 165,390 square feet on a 64 acre site consisting of two main buildings, a gymnasium and a full athletic complex.
The Project was bid with a fixed finish date of August 2013, dictated by the start of the 2013 – 2014 school year. Time extensions for weather delays or additional work were not an option. Additionally, all building structures were to be constructed on a non-conventional foundation system for this type of structure. The entire structure including the first level slab is an elevated structure to compensate for the issues that can result from expansive soils. The project was saddled with an abnormally high number of adverse weather days. Negative impacts on the project were also experienced on days following rain events due to the adverse soil conditions. At the mid-point of the project, weather related delays had placed the project approximately three weeks behind schedule. Despite experiencing 83 days with recordable rain events, the project was successfully completed on time by the joint efforts of Bailey-Harris and the firm’s subcontractors. Students were able to attend the new school at the start of the academic year with work still ongoing at the athletic fields which were finished in late December to officially close out the project.
In addition, Bailey-Harris was the recipient of a Merit Award for Excellence in Construction from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama (ABC) for this project in the $25-50 Million Institutional category.