Post May 2019 Election Bond Information

The District is extremely humbled by the support of the voters in our school community. The District has worked hard to develop a plan to create safer and modern schools, while also ensuring that classroom spaces and learning environments are age-appropriate, and integrated with technology, flexible furniture, and space design to support our educators and the inspiration of 21st-century learning skills and competencies in our students. We are appreciative of the community’s support. Please use this page to stay informed about the progress being made on the 2019 Bond Project by clicking on the expandable content blocks below.

Land and Building Site Survey Process and Results

On Monday, June 24, 2019, the Board of Education awarded contracts to the following surveying and engineering firms to complete the required land and building site surveys: Driesenga & Associates (Oriole Field, Foster Elementary School, and Lakeview Elementary School), Nordlund & Associates (Secondary Complex - MS/HS), and Spicer Group (New Elementary Site).

The Board awarded contracts to the lowest qualified bidder, and is pleased to have been able to offer contracts to local surveying companies as a part of the bid award.

Building and Site Surveys

Forester Site Summary and Recommendations

Ludington Area Schools is working to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan in consultation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through a Forest Stewardship Program Outreach and Education Projects Grant Application that it will be submitting to the Department.  It is the District's hope that a comprehensive stewardship plan will be developed to maintain the District's forest property as educational space, while also implementing forestry management practices that preserve the health and well-being of the District's forested property ecosystem.

To that end, the District is also working with an outreach forester to be provided with recommendations to best handle the management of the forested property that will be cleared to make room for the elementary school complex. The forestry site summary and the forester's recommendations are found below: 

Ludington Area Schools partnered with Ecosystems Management, LLC to develop the Forest Stewardship Plan that was discussed above. Click the link below to access a copy of the Forest Stewardship Plan Activity Map that was developed by Jack Boss from Ecosystems Management, LLC.

Geotechnical Services / Soil Boring Proposals

The District requested proposals for soil borings and geotechnical services on the new elementary site and received two (2) proposals to complete this work. The District requested a soil exploration study in preparation for the construction of the new building. The study was to include: Five (5) soil borings to a depth of twenty (20) feet in the new building area, and seventeen (17) borings to a depth of ten (10) feet in pavement areas, resulting in approximately 270 linear feet of drilling.

The proposals received by the District are outlined below:

Nordlund & Associates, an engineer consulting and surveying company based in Ludington, was awarded the bid to complete the soil borings and geotechnical subsurface analysis for the new elementary school site. The subsurface analysis and report can be found below:

Schematic Design Phase and Conceptual Site Plan

During the Schematic Design Phase of the project, the design of the building begins to take shape. The design team explores ideas and learning from programming and visioning sessions. This work begins to mold the preliminary architectural plans, and includes the exploration of spatial relationships, materials, and systems resulting in a clearly defined and feasible concept to enter the Design Development Phase of the project with. The goal of this phase is to identify plan components and building systems, and to develop drawings sufficient to obtain an initial cost estimate and budget check.

Note: All documents are in draft form until the process is complete and plans are finalized. All documents are subject to change.

Timber Sale Notice and Standing Volume

The District has contracted with Jack Boss, a wildlife biologist from Ecosystems Management, LLC to manage the sale of timber from the Outcalt Property where the elementary school complex will be built. Ecosystems Management, LLC is also assisting the District in writing a Forest Stewardship Management Plan through grant support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Ecosystems Management, LLC is also managing the timber sale and tree harvest for the property that the new elementary school building will be constructed on. Information pertaining to the timber sale and tree harvest can be found below:

Food Service Consultation and Design Services

Ludington Area School District (LASD) seeks requests for pricing to include design and coordination, budgeting, construction administration, and health department coordination of a new full serving kitchen for the new grade PK-5 elementary school complex that is being constructed in the District. Information on the request for pricing can be found at the link below:

LASD received responses from JRA Food Service Consultants, LLC, of which, their proposal is listed below. GMB Architecture and Engineering also received a verbal response from Merchandise Equipment and Supply declining the opportunity to bid on the project, while recommending JRA Food Service Consultants, LLC. The Bakergroup was also targeted seeking a proposal; however, the company did not submit a proposal. Requests for pricing that were received by the District are outlined below:

New Elementary School Traffic Impact Study

GMB Architecture and Engineering has recommended Wade Trim, Inc. for the completion of the District’s traffic study at the corners of Jebavy Dr. and Bryant Rd. and Jebavy Dr. and Johnson Rd. Wade Trim, Inc. is experienced in providing all facets of transportation, planning, and traffic engineering services to both private developers and local, county, and state governments. In addition, the firm has extensive experience working with traffic flow in and around public and private schools, and has worked on dozens of school sites across the country. The firm will work with the District and the design team to conduct a school traffic study that will enable us to address any traffic operation issues related to the proposed new elementary school.

Interior Design and Finish Color Palette Options

Ludington Area Schools requested the help of the community in selecting the color palette that will be used in the design of the interior finishes at the elementary school complex. The concept scenes and color palettes in the survey reflect soft color tones and areas within our community.

The form has been closed and is no longer accepting responses. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey to help the District determine the interior finish color scheme that will be used in the new elementary school. The results of the survey have been posted below. Thank you!

Design Development Phase and Site Plan

During the Design Development Phase, we begin to focus on developing more detail in the plans and building upon the work that was completed in the schematic design phase of the project. Plans will begin to become more refined as we finalize details such as the selection of colors, materials, fixtures, components, and systems to be incorporated into the project.

Note: All documents are in draft form until the process is complete and plans are finalized. All documents are subject to change.