JFK High School occupancy inspections to begin


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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 01:28 by Therese Hart | Variety News Staff

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The new John F. Kennedy High School will be visited by various regulatory agencies this Friday for the school’s occupancy inspections. David Castro / For Variety

OCCUPANCY inspections from various regulatory government of Guam agencies for the new John F. Kennedy High School will be conducted Friday, and JFK students, faculty and staff hope to begin moving in this week.

The total cost to taxpayers for the new campus based on a 30-year lease-back loan is approximately $201 million which includes the $5.1 million debt service, said Karl Pangelinan, director of the Guam Economic Development Authority. The cost to taxpayers per year for 30 years is $6.7 million.

The Department of Public Works, Guam Fire Department, Guam Power Authority, Department of Public Health and Social Services and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency will inspect the school grounds to ensure it meets all the regulatory requirements to open.

International Bridge Corporation President Robert Toelkes, in a press release, assured the JFK Islanders that the school will open for the first day of the new school year, Aug. 9.

“We take our responsibility in completing this project in a timely manner very seriously,” he said, adding that the company “understood the turmoil endured by the JFK community over the last several years.”

The June target date had to move from June 22 to July 15 in order to “accommodate programmatic needs of the JFK management,” which IBC performed at no cost to the government, according to IBC.

Based on the design completed by Architects Laguana LLC, the two-storey main campus is divided into four phases, constructed sequentially in order to meet the stringent timeline for completion.

Phases

Phase I consists of the north wing of the school which includes the library, general and specialty classrooms.

Phase II is the east wing of the main campus and includes administrative offices and classrooms on the second floor.

Phase III includes several classroom “pods” and a long science block. This phase was the last to be erected which includes the installation of windows and air conditioning units and completing interior finishing.

Phase IV includes the cafeteria, gymnasium and some classrooms.

The gym flooring and some landscaping will not be completed by the start of the new school year, said Toelkes, adding that the flooring is “very specialized and we did not want to risk damaging it with construction moving at full speed.” The work will be completed in September, he said.

JFK officials said this will not hinder any instruction or sports activities.

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