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Weston El’s facelift will start soon

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POSTED June 28, 2014 12:40 a.m.

Construction on Weston Elementary School will begin this summer.

But a big part of the process for the reconstruction project made possible by voter-approved Measure G is scheduled to take place Monday at the Ripon Unified District Office, 304 N. Acacia Ave.

“We’re in the final stages of planning,” Superintendent Bill Draa said.

C. T. Brayton & Sons of Escalon is the general contractor for the lease-lease back pre-construction agreement. Included is an assembled team of sub-contractors, who are able to produce the work at the Guaranteed Maximum Price.

“For a school district the size of Ripon, we’re able to save a tremendous amount of money (on the lease-lease back),” Draa said.

Trustees will meet briefly for the 6 p.m. meeting at the district office with C.T. Brayton on the presentation of the GMP.

“But we can’t vote on the GMP,” he added.

The reason for that is the Division of State Architect in Sacramento has yet to sign-off on the plans. Since December, DSA has gone over the construction package made possible by Program Management Integration, C.T. Brayton and architect Timothy Huff & Associates of Modesto.

One of the sticking points, according to Draa, was raised by the California Geological Survey on soil liquefaction at Weston. He added that those concerns have since been addressed and signed off by CGS.

Final DSA approval is set for July 20.

Budgeted for $10.4 million, the Weston reconstruction, under the lease-leaseback, is expected to be under that that amount.

For now, Draa said that actual work at the school is set for Aug. 1. Students, staff and administrators will be shuffled around to other elementary sites throughout the district for upcoming school year.

Weston is scheduled to re-open in time for the 2015-16 school year.

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