Board approves contracts for new Walker High School
by Rachel Davis
Jul 10, 2013 | 2813 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Board of Education met briefly on Tuesday morning to approve contracts for the new Walker High School.

The board approved the amended architectural and project management contracts for the project. The original contracts were approved in May, but the Jasper City Council made additions and changes to the contracts a few weeks ago.

The architectural contract is with Hoover-based Lathan Associates, while the project management contract is with Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management.

The board also approved an agreement with the city of Jasper to formalize the agreement on ownership of the construction project. The two entities had discussed the need for an agreement at a joint work session last month.

The new Walker High School, which is expected to include a 285,000-square foot building that would house academic classrooms, a competition gym, a practice gym and a 1,500-seat performing arts center, will cost more than $60 million, is slated to be built along Viking Drive. A one-cent sales tax increase to fund the project was passed by the city council last year.

Superintendent Robert Sparkman said after the meeting that he hopes to begin working on the site very soon, but site prep likely won’t begin for a few months and won’t be completed for at least two or three years.