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Greater Latrobe will replace part of senior high roof, refinish gym floor

Jeff Himler
| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:12 a.m.
Greater Latrobe Senior High School, built in the mid-1960s, is seen in a 2017 view.
Jeff Himler | Tribune-Review
Greater Latrobe Senior High School, built in the mid-1960s, is seen in a 2017 view.

Greater Latrobe School District will spend $2.6 million to replace more than half of its senior high school roof over two summers.

The school board this week awarded the roof installation to Tuscano-Maher Roofing of Saltsburg for nearly $1.8 million, the lowest of three proposals received. The district will buy job materials from Garland/DBS Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio, at a cost of $835,519.41, excluding freight.

Kurt Thomas, the district's director of facilities, operations and planning, said he's happy with the costs, which are within 4 percent of estimates.

The project will replace about 120,000 square feet of material that was installed in 1993, over the building's original 1966 roof, and is expected to resolve three leaks, he said. It will update the roof in all areas save the gym, the auditorium and one classroom wing — which were included in a 2001 renovation.

The board agreed to pay $32,230 to Miller Flooring Company to refinish the wood floor of the main senior high gym. The firm will have five weeks this summer to complete the job, Thomas said, noting the auxiliary gym will be available if school athletes need it for practice sessions.

In a previous report to the board, Thomas noted the floor had received a new top coating but was never fully refinished since it was installed in 2001. “This process should occur every 12-15 years,” he wrote, explaining the steps after sanding include “applying a seal, paint and finish to restore the wood floor, to ensure the long life and performance.”

The board contracted with Maroadi Transfer and Storage to move equipment and materials from the current Latrobe Elementary School to the new two-story version of the school that is under construction several blocks away on Ligonier Street and is slated to open for the fall semester. The company will charge $53,085 for its services.

Project site manager George Dickerson reported that crews are expected this month to complete the new school's stone and brick veneer while beginning to hang drywall in main corridors, install kitchen equipment and place flooring and ceiling tiles in classroom wings.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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