Shannock Valley Elementary Renovations a ‘Go’

Renovations at Shannock Valley Elementary School in Rural Valley will commence before the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Reynolds Building Solutions Project Development Director Michael Conchilla (KP File Photo)

With a unanimous, 6-0, vote last night, Armstrong School District board directors agreed to move forward with a proposal devised by Reynolds Building Solutions.

Project Development Director Michael Conchilla has said during the past few months that energy savings will be realized through heating and air conditioning, ADA accessibility, window and kitchen upgrades.

However, at last night’s special board meeting, officials split up the approximately-$10 million project in two phases to try and ensure renovations are complete before the end of August.

The first – and largest – construction phase will spend about $9.35 million to update heating and air conditioning, handicapped accessibility, exterior windows and update the kitchen. However, kitchen renovations – about $800,000 worth – will be part of Phase Two.

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

In August, school directors received a 21-page report of possible energy solutions to Shannock Valley and Eldertion Elementary schools.

“This building was really built in two pieces, and operates as two separate buildings right now,” Conchilla said.

In June, Conchilla noticed two separate boilers, 40-year-old heating classroom units and also original flush toilets and worn classroom sinks.