Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Up to $60 million for school at GITMO

Air Force Tech Sgt. Sonya Faucette reads a story to children in a 3rd grade class at W.T. Sampson School. Photo: Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens
The U.S. Navy plans to replace the W.T. Sampson School at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. The school opened in 1931. It is the Department of Defense's oldest overseas school for dependents of U.S. military personnel.
W.T. Sampson School. Photo: Wikipedia
Prospective contractors interested in the job are tentatively scheduled to visit the site on Wednesday. The Navy expects to award the contract around Jan. 31, 2016. Estimated cost: $40 million to $60 million. (See 724-page document showing specifications).
Students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade attend the school.
It is named after Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson, whose fleet helped prevent Spanish vessels from leaving the harbor of Santiago on June 1, 1898, during the Spanish-American War. Sampson was later named a U.S. commissioner of Cuba.

W.T. Sampson
The school carrying his name will have "a steel frame and reinforced masonry walls with decorative masonry and hard coat stucco veneer."
The project description states:
Roofing may be standing seam metal with some areas of low slope membrane. Interior spaces include neighborhoods, learning studios, learning hubs, information center, computing center, science labs, gymnasium, performance spaces, commons/dining, food service, supply areas, specialist rooms, art room, music room, band room, science lab, learning impaired space, OT/PT space, career technical education, counseling areas, storage, health offices, administrative offices, staff collaboration areas, and other required areas for a fully functioning elementary-middle-high school.

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