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2020 Construction Update May 4, 2020
2020 Construction Update May 4, 2020
Dr. Frank Evans
Monday, May 04, 2020

Construction Began May 1, 2020

The Board of Education awarded the construction bids December 18, 2019. Construction started six weeks early. Construction was scheduled to officially begin June 15 2020 when the summer construction schedule was established last January. Since bids were awarded the contractor has presented 16 submittals for approval by the district architect and engineers. During this time the contractor is able to clarify specifications and drawings and confirm the staging of the work.

Substantial completion was set at August 15 2020 when the project was designed with final completion by November 15, 2020. Those dates will likely be moved forward by several weeks due to the ability by contractors to begin their work earlier.

Once the Stay At Home Order by the governor was extended to May 30, 2020 and schools were ordered to continue remote learning and students were not to return to school we contacted our architect, engineers, and contractors to inform them that they could begin to stage for construction. Our first weekly construction meeting was scheduled  and contractors sought locations for their dumpsters and storage units at Stella May Swartz and Albright Middle Schools were window abatement and window replacement will occur. Actual abatement work is scheduled to begin May 5/6, 2020 at Albright Middle School. New windows are expected to be delivered to Albright Middle School on May 25, 2020. All new windows will have roller shades installed that provide shaded light to enter the classrooms when rolled down.

In addition to the new windows ALL remaining health life safety work in all three school will be done. We believe this summer's projects will exhaust the 2016 repair referendum proceeds following three aggressive summers of construction.

Stella May Swartz School Windows Due To Arrive June 18, 2020

Window abatement for Stella May Swartz School is scheduled to begin immediately after the abatement work at Albright Middle Schools ends. Windows replaced in 2018 during masonry and structural steel beam cleaning/replacement and windows in the1999 second grade addition are not going to be replaced.

During the preliminary work the contractor discovered that the existing power supply to the fire alarm panel was not sufficient to meet the needs of the additional hold open devices required by the health life safety code. This was also confirmed by the vendor that maintains the system for the school district. As a result a larger power supply will be installed.

Construction bid Includes Contingency Funds

The contractor was required to have a contingency budget of $150,000 for the work this summer. Contingency dollars may be used to address field conditions requiring additional work that were not able to be observed prior to construction. If contingency dollars are not needed they will be credited back to the district.

Payment Requests From Contractors Reviewed Prior To Presentation To The Board Of Education For Payment

Each month contractors present pay requests for materials, labor, and insurance to the District Architect, Matthew Toepper from FGM Architects. Following his review and negotiation the payment request is submitted to the district for review and recommendation to the Board of Education.