At the School Board meeting held on November 19th, 2014, the School Board of Miami-Dade County awarded a construction contract to James B. Pirtle Construction Company, Inc. in the amount of $34,270,883, including contingency, for the replacement and renovation project at Miami Norland Senior High School. This project, the largest single project funded by the November 2012 voter-approved General Obligation Bond, is on schedule to be delivered in two phases, with the first phase to be completed by July 2016, and the second phase by November of the same year. The project includes replacement of buildings 1-5, buildings 7-11 and building 13, all dating back to the 50’s, along with select renovations to the remaining buildings. Once completed, a total of 2,130 student stations will be provided. The replacement buildings have been designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications for schools.
In addition to its significance to the students, parents and faculty, delivery of this construction project will have a major beneficial impact on the local economy, with participation by local Small Business Enterprises of over 25 percent, participation by African American sub-contractors of 23 percent, and participation from two women- owned sub-contracting entities exceeding 20 percent of the direct construction cost. Construction of this project will also include a minimum local labor participation of 20 percent.