USD purchases BHI building, property

USD purchases BHI building, property
Posted on 04/30/2021
This is the image for the news article titled USD purchases BHI building, propertyUintah School District signed closing documents today, April 30, to complete the district’s purchase of the BHI building and property in Naples. (Real Estate Documents)

The district purchased 26,668 square feet of offices, meeting rooms and storage space; 28,875 square feet of heated indoor bus storage; additional shop space for district vehicles; and 11 acres of property for $9,794,780. Money for the purchase came from the district’s Capital Outlay Fund.

“We know this is a lot of money,” Uintah School Board President Dave Chivers said, “but instead of buying ground and building a new district office, transportation office and bus garage, we were able to find a facility that will meet our district’s needs for many years to come while saving taxpayers money. It’s a good thing.”

The district’s existing transportation facility was built in 1955. The existing district office was built in 1978. Both buildings have a number of issues commonly associated with aging facilities that made it cost prohibitive to renovate or remodel the existing structures.

New construction of both facilities would have cost taxpayers a combined $14,359,550, according to an estimate provided to the district by an architectural firm. The estimate, provided in March 2019, did not include the cost of purchasing property for the new facilities. It also does not account for recent increases in construction costs.

In addition to saving taxpayers millions of dollars by purchasing an existing facility instead of building two new ones, the district will also realize long-term savings thanks to lower costs for utilities and maintenance associated with newer facilities versus the district’s aging buildings.

The new district office includes a boardroom for Uintah School Board meetings, training rooms for professional development sessions, and office space for district office personnel, the Technology Department and the Transportation Department.

The new bus garage includes a 6,240-square-foot shop and 28,875 square feet of heated indoor bus storage. This will allow buses to de-ice during the winter, reducing wear and tear. It will also allow drivers to conduct pre-trip inspections indoors, where they will be protected from the elements. There is an additional 8,000 square feet of open, covered bus storage on site as well.

District office staff and transportation office staff will relocate to the new facility during the summer. The school board will determine what to do with surplus district buildings and property.
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