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Work at Corporate Centre Drive nears completion - June 2022

The work at 801 Corporate Centre Drive in O’Fallon, the new home for Francis Howell Union High School, is almost complete. FHU students will begin the 2022-23 school year in the renovated space. In addition to Union High School, the 801 Corporate facility will house the District Learning Center (DLC), content leaders, disability access services, ADA compliance officers, special education staff and other academic support teams, in addition to District administrators and support staff. Employees working at the DLC , administration building, and other locations within the District will begin moving to their new workspaces next month. Bringing these services all under the same roof will create a more collaborative and efficient working environment for all.

Budget Update

The original Prop S budget in 2018 called for building new facilities for the DLC and Union High School with an estimated construction cost – pre-Covid – of $9M. Given the hefty and unprecedented inflationary increases on materials and supplies, building new in today's market would likely cost $15M or more. The District ultimately decided to purchase an existing facility for $6M to house Union High School and the DLC rather than build new. With the purchase of a facility the size of 801 Corporate came the opportunity to bring additional programs under the same roof, repurpose existing District buildings for other Prop S projects, and reallocate some Prop S dollars. The revised project budget for 801 Corporate - including purchase of the building and renovation costs - was set at $11M. The project has been tightly managed by the project manager and the District Facility and Operations department and is on track to meet the $11M budget.

Repurposing Space for Additional Cost Savings

Work will soon begin to repurpose the current District Administration Building for use by the Transportation Department, which currently is operating in outdated and significantly substandard trailers. The repurposing of the Administration Building for Transportation allows the District to reduce the cost of the Prop S bus garage project since the garage will no longer need to house the administrative functions of the Transportation Department. The District Custodial Department will also be moving into the Administration Building, freeing up the Burbes building which will be utilized by the food service program going forward. This movement will allow the District to discontinue renting a facility for the food service program and funnel those cost savings ($4,300 per month) into food service programs across the District. The existing Francis Howell Union building will be temporarily utilized for warehouse storage, eliminating the immediate need for a new warehouse facility.

FHN Construction Continues - Spring and Summer 2022


Construction at the new Francis Howell North High School is moving along nicely. The Facilities and Operations Department along with the District project manager from Atlas Building Group has been working with S.M. Wilson regularly. Currently, you can see exterior framing and sheathing installation happening on the construction site.

Two deductive construction change orders were approved at the June 16, 2022 Board of Education Meeting for the Francis Howell North construction project. These change orders mean a total reduction in the cost to build the FHN project by $927,724.


Follow construction progress on Twitter at the hashtag #FrancisHowellFriday. Each week we will highlight the progress made at FHN. Click here to see more photos of the construction progress that was made in early summer 2022.

FHN Time Lapse Video - May 2021 - Dec. 2021

Watch the latest construction updates that have been made on the new Francis Howell North project. View the video.

Construction on FHN will move forward

Following a 6-1 vote at the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting, construction will move forward. Read more.

Henderson Students Enjoy SKILLED Program

The Henderson Elementary students visit the FHN construction site. Learn more.

Districtwide Paving is Happening

Parking lot renovations have started at FHC, Saeger and Bryan. Read more.

ABOUT PROP S

On June 2, 2020, 79.28% of voters approved a $244 million bond issue the largest bond issue in Missouri history.

The approval of Proposition S allows the District to borrow money now and in the future to address pressing facility needs at all Francis Howell Schools - at no additional cost to residents. The projects funded through Prop S are detailed in the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP). The CFMP calls for major updates at the older schools in the District, including Henderson, Fairmount, Becky-David, Hollenbeck, and Barnwell. The plan includes the construction of a new Francis Howell North High School, and improvement and safety updates at all schools across the District.