Teton schools construction to start mid-2018

Construction is expected to start in late spring or early summer on the Teton district’s two new elementary schools.

Teton School District 401’s Board of Trustees voted Monday to name Headwaters Construction Company, which is based in Victor, as the construction manager/general contractor on the project.

Under this model, which has become common on new schools and other public buildings since the Legislature made it easier a few years ago, construction management and general contractor services are provided by the same contract rather than separately. Proponents say it can save money and prevent cost overruns by involving the construction team early in the design process.

“That’s the advantage of using that CM/GC delivery method,” said district Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme. “They can work right at the front and (on) the design closely with the architects.”

A selection committee consisting of Woolstenhulme, the school board and three community members made the pick, choosing Headwaters’ proposal over Bateman-Hall’s.

Headwaters Construction also is serving as the CM/GC for Bonneville Joint School District 93’s Thunder Ridge High School, which is on track to open in time for the next school year.

In November almost 80 percent of the district residents who voted approved two bonds, totaling $37 million, to build new Driggs and Victor elementary schools and renovate Tetonia and Rendezvous Upper elementary schools and Teton middle and high schools.

GPC Architects, of Driggs, is doing the design work.

The new Driggs Elementary School will be built on district-owned land east of Teton Middle School, and the district has a land-swap deal through which it will acquire a parcel on the southeastern side of Victor for the new Victor elementary, Woolstenhulme said.

If everything goes according to schedule, Woolstenhulme said one of the new elementary schools will be ready to move in by September 2019, the second one a few months after that.

The two new elementary schools are the highest-priority projects, Woolstenhulme said, followed by the renovations to the other two elementary schools, with the middle and high school renovations last. These projects will be staggered and will be done while the new elementary schools are being built.

Updates on the bond will be posted periodically at tsd401bond.org.

Reporter Nathan Brown can be reached at 208-542-6757.