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Freeport Area School Board awards $3.5M in stadium contracts

| Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, 12:46 a.m.

The Freeport Area School Board has awarded $3.5 million in contracts for the new football stadium being built near the high school in Buffalo Township.

The general contractor for the project will be DiMarco Construction of Clairton.

The company submitted a $2.24 million base bid, but the board deducted about $150,000 by choosing alternative, cheaper options.

The lower cost options include going with a shingle roof rather than a metal roof, using split-face block instead of a brick veneer and connecting the band grandstand with the rest of the home grandstand, rather than having a separate, detached band section.

The new field is to be constructed perpendicular to the high school track. It will be used for football, soccer and lacrosse.

The district's architect, VEBH Architects, in August provided a $4.48 million project estimate, which included a contingency fund, the best of all options and architectural fees.

Schools Superintendent Dan Lucovich said the board was able to “get closer to where we want to be” with the contracts awarded Wednesday.

The board wants to keep the project under $4 million.

Other contract awards for the project include:

• $185,000 to Rabe Environmental Systems of Erie for plumbing;

• $79,000 to D&G Mechanical, of Shenango for heating, ventilation and air conditioning;

• $618,000 to Bronder Technical Services of Prospect for electrical work;

• $586,000 to ProGrass of Pittsburgh for the artificial turf field.

The district wants to have the stadium ready for the 2016 football season.

Ball field work moves forward

The board approved a $5,500 contract with VEBH Architects to prepare conceptual designs and project estimates for new baseball and softball fields next to the Freeport Area Middle School, at the school campus on South Pike Road (Route 356) in Buffalo Township.

The district will pay Pennsylvania Soil and Rock $6,500 to do a topographic study of the proposed location, which the architect will use to prepare the design.

The district is building the new ball fields because it is ending a lease with Freeport Borough for the current football field, where the district has its baseball and softball games.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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