COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 188
October 8, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Public School Buildings Placed Under Contract Between July 1, 1998 - June 30, 1999, and Individual and Average Cost Data by School Type


Attached are:

        * A list of new public school projects 
          placed under contract in fiscal year 
          1998-99 with individual and average cost 
          data by school types (Attachments 1-3);

        * A list of selected addition and 
          renovation projects in fiscal year 1998-
          99 with individual and average cost data 
          (Attachment 4);

        * A six-year (1993-1994 through 1998-99) 
          tabulation of average unit area and cost 
          data (Attachment 5); and,

        * A graph, based on the above, indicating 
          the change in public school construction 
          costs over a six-year period (Attachment 
          6).

As was provided last year, we have identified site 
development costs as a separate item on Attachments No. 1-
3.  Based on last year's averages, there appears to be an 
increase in prices compared to the previous year, except 
for the middle school average costs.  We are not aware of 
any reason for the low cost of the middle schools; however, 
we do not expect the average cost of middle school 
construction to remain below the cost of elementary school 
construction in the future.

If you have any questions concerning the above, please call 
Hunter L. Barnes, architectural consultant, Facilities 
Services at (804) 225-2035.

PDS/ya
Enclosures:     A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
                will be sent to the superintendent's office.
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