Bidding Open Soon for Shannock Valley Renovation Project

 

Reynolds Building Solutions Project Development Director Michael Conchilla updated Armstrong School District board directors last night about renovations to Shannock Valley Elementary School this summer. Bidding documents will go into the hands of prospective contractors this Friday.

Reynolds Building Solutions Project Development Director Michael Conchilla updated Armstrong School District board directors last night about renovations to Shannock Valley Elementary School this summer. Bidding documents will go into the hands of prospective contractors this Friday.

by Jonathan Weaver

Bid documents for the upcoming Shannock Valley Elementary renovation project will be released to interested contractors by the end of this week.

Reynolds Building Solutions Program Development Director Mike Conchilla updated Armstrong School District board directors during last night’s regular meeting on more updates proposed for the electrical and plumbing systems and the kitchen as part of the approximately $10.5 million project.

“We’ve been working pretty the past four or five weeks to try and make this a reality,” Conchilla said.

Destructive testing confirmed Conchilla’s notions on plumbing.

“Quite a bit of that pipe’s going to have to be replaced. Most of that pipe is in a crawl space now, made out of galvanized steel, and the sanitary piping is just not going to hold up for very much longer,” Conchilla said. “There are a lot of repairs as it stands now. We’re going to replace that along with supply piping as well.”

Plumbing upgrades would include new bathroom fixtures, drinking fountains and water piping where needed after inspection.

In addition to replacing first-floor ceilings, contractors will work to put more kitchen equipment in a space previously occupied by boiler room space.

“We’ve gone through and done some more investigation and design on that, and feel more confident that this can be a reality,” Conchilla said. “There’s going to be a lot more room in there now since the boiler system and parts of the steam system are going to be removed, and we’re going to build that out so we can move a cooler and freezer into that space so it’s directly-accessible from the kitchen.”

Other major upgrades include a security vestibule at the front of the building, air conditioning and an ADA-accessible elevator.

Compared to the December estimate, the total building cost – including both hard construction costs and soft costs – actually was reduced by about $45,000.

However, Conchilla told board directors that if more cutbacks are needed, engineers can recommend

“The hardest part about that is that I don’t think we’re impacting anything that isn’t needed,” Conchilla said. “It comes down to a matter of priority.”

Flooring and casework upgrades are also alternate upgrades.

Limited construction is due to start during Spring Break in April.

In other school board action last night, school directors did unanimously, 8-0, approve IKM, Inc. of Pittsburgh as their architect firm for the new Armstrong Junior/Senior High School stadium that will be hopefully open for the Fall sports season.

6 Comments

  • By jorn jensen, January 10, 2017 @ 8:22 AM

    Wow! One last paragraph for the sports complex. I guess that’s not news.

  • By ktown_kid, January 10, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

    This is what I am talking about. They could careless what it cost the taxpayers. They just spend and spend. When will the spending stop? Renovations SHOULD come before any unneeded sports complex is built. Take a ride to the rich school districts and see how many complexes are built right at the school. There are quite a few that are located in community parks. So we are looking $17,000,000 between a complex and one elementary school renovation. Let’s not forget the poster child of safe driving Jim Rearick already suggest that they tax us OVER the limit so they can justify spending this much. How is this even legal? Their has to be a law somewhere that holds these clowns accountable. I don’t give the commissioners too much praise but they come in and started chopping, no reason these clowns couldnt.

  • By jorn jensen, January 10, 2017 @ 9:14 AM

    ktown – This is an important reason for passage of 76 – it gives the power of referendum to the people – that is one reason why the PSEA, teachers, and school boards are against 76.

    We, you and I and every other taxpayer, would get to vote on these sorts of things – not just 9 people.

  • By India, January 11, 2017 @ 11:31 AM

    Jorn – If memory serves me , the people of the Elderton area tried that once. Where are Sen. White and Rep. Pyle now? Why are they not protecting their community now?

  • By Marc, January 11, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

    India, Jensen’s 76 is a dud. Please refer to the “Armstrong School Officials Narrow Possible Stadium Architects” thread. It will tell you all you need to know.

    You’re correct about White and Pyle. Just like any politician, they’ll say whatever it takes to get the votes but rarely produce results.

  • By futureconcerned, January 11, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

    However, Conchilla told board directors that if more cutbacks are needed, engineers can recommend

    “The hardest part about that is that I don’t think we’re impacting anything that isn’t needed,” Conchilla said. “It comes down to a matter of priority.”

    Flooring and casework upgrades are also alternate upgrades.

    This is a SCHOOL where State required learning is taking place in less than ideal conditions, but these School Board Directors have placed the priority on a Sports Stadium. AND it’s a priority over repairs to Elderton Elementary! These Directors should be ashamed!!!!!! They are idiots!!!! I don’t like name calling, but they have earned the name.

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