ELYRIA — In construction, things are bound to pop up to make plans change.
Elyria Schools didn’t think the changes would come so soon for its $140 million construction project, but scheduling conflicts related to the upcoming groundbreaking ceremonies for Ely Stadium and the Northwoood Campus School is forcing the district to revamp the events.
School board members and construction partners will break ground 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ely Stadium, said district spokeswoman Amy Higgins.
“The stadium project is on the fast track, and crews will begin site work there next week,” she said to explain why the groundbreaking is sooner than the previously announced date of Nov. 17.
District officials also are rescheduling the Northwood Campus groundbreaking, but the date is to be determined.
The Ely Elementary groundbreaking will be scheduled in the spring. Dedication ceremonies will be held as phase I of the school and the school buildings are completed.
Site work for Ely Stadium can get underway now that the district has a construction manager at risk for the project in AECOM Technical Services.
The district is working with three companies as one conglomerate serving as the construction manager at risk on the new schools and the stadium. AECOM is one of the partners. The others are Greenspace Construction Services and Scaparotti Consulting Group. Together, the three companies make up AGS.
The stadium project is a phased project with the first phase anticipated to come in on or less than its $14.2 million budget. A second-phase fundraising campaign is being designed, but it will be a multitiered system so anyone can participate at a given level, Higgins said.
The school portion of the master plan that calls for reducing the district’s footprint from 11 schools to five schools will start with the preschool-through-eighth-grade Northwood campus and Ely Elementary.