School Board Meeting 11-20-12
Agenda Item #42

FS-1 Galaxy Elementary School Project Modifications



The Galaxy ES Modernization project team, with the Board's support, wanted to pursue goals over and beyond those of a typical elementary school.  These goals included, but were not limited to, LEED platinum certification, a Wonderment Center and a green roof.  A committee was established to raise the funds needed to meet these goals at no additional cost to the Board.  To date, $865,948 has been raised which includes $750,000 received from the Quantum Foundation.  This is sufficient for the Wonderment Center, green roof, and several of the credits needed toward LEED platinum certification.  November 20, 2012 Board items FS-1 and FS-2 are requesting authorization to use the funds raised to date for the design and construction of these items.

The fundraising committee is still pursuing other donations.  It is anticipated that additional funds or in-kind contributions will be secured and this will provide the opportunity to earn additional credits towards obtaining LEED platinum certification. 


This project modification contains the following item:

  • Additional Design Services in the not to exceed amount of $63,000.
  • Description:  Architectural and engineering services to design the Wonderment Center Exhibits.  The Wonderment Center is a series of connected spaces that will be designed to resemble a small science museum for children.  It will provide opportunities for hands-on learning with interactive technological, mechanical and biological exhibits, and passive graphic and photographic exhibits.  The exhibits will be located both indoors and outdoors.  Indoor exhibits will be mounted to walls, incorporated into floors and suspended from ceilings.  Most of the Wonderment Center spaces are two stories tall which increases the opportunities for exhibits and the visual appeal of the exhibits. 
  • Cause:  School District Requested
  • Justification:  The Wonderment Center is part of an overall plan for the new Galaxy Elementary School to have an Energy, Engineering and Environmental curriculum that will emphasize math and science.  A few of the goals of this curriculum are to bring back in-boundary students attending other schools, attract out-of-boundary students and improve the academic performance of all students at the school.


I recommend the School Board approve a Project Modification in the not-to-exceed amount of $63,000 to Zyscovich, Inc. for the Galaxy Elementary School Modernization Project #0821-7510, and authorize the Chairman and Superintendent to finalize and execute all related contract documents.

My Contact
Joseph M. Sanches (joseph.sanches@palmbeachschools.org)

Financial Impact

The financial impact is an increase to the Zyscovich, Inc. (Architect) Agreement by an amount not-to-exceed $63,000.

The financial impact to the project budget is $63,000.  The source of funds is donations to the Education Foundation for the Galaxy ES Modernization project.

Attachment:  Galaxy ES Site Plan.pdf
Attachment:  Galaxy ES Data Panel.pdf
Attachment:  Galaxy ES CSA Table.pdf
Attachment:  Galaxy ES Facility Space Summary.pdf
Attachment:  Galaxy ES Budget History.pdf
Attachment:  UPDATED FS-1 Legal Checklist.pdf