A Salt Lake City-based contractor with experience in building schools in Tooele County has been selected to construct the new Dugway High School.
Hughes General Contractors was named as the general contractor for the Dugway High School project by the Tooele County School Board during their Tuesday meeting.
Hughes was selected from among six companies that submitted bids. Each bid was evaluated by a committee of six people and Hughes received the highest score, according to Steve West, Tooele County School District construction coordinator.
Hughes was the general contractor for the recently finished Tooele Applied Technology College. Hughes also built the school district’s Community Learning Center, Grantsville Elementary School, Stansbury High School, and Settlement Canyon Elementary School.
Naylor Wentworth and Lund Architects, a Salt Lake City-based firm, was selected as the project architect for the $15.8 million, 71,000-square-foot building at a previous board meeting.
The Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment provided a $13.2 million grant for the new building after it determined the existing school, built in 1953, was deficient.
The remaining $2.6 million in costs will be paid from the school district’s capital outlay fund.
The building will also hold students from Dugway Elementary School, currently housed in a separate building that was built in 1951.
The new building will have a capacity of 300 students, the same as the current building, a requirement of the grant. The two schools have a current enrollment of 154 students.
High school and elementary students will remain separated in different wings of the new building with their own restrooms. They will share access to the commons area, cafeteria, auditorium, media center and gymnasium.
The new school will be built to the east of the existing high school, which will be demolished once the new school is completed.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for May 1 at noon and the building is expected to be completed in time for the opening of school in the fall of 2015.