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Elementary building projects in Carlynton put on hold because of high bids

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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Carlynton School District has put on hold several aspects of its planned capital improvements.

Office relocation in the Crafton and Carnegie elementary schools and the construction of captured vestibules have been put off until next summer, according to district spokeswoman Michale Herrmann.

Jon Thomas, of Thomas & Williamson, which is overseeing the projects, said it was a matter of bids.

“We put them out for public bid and had a limited number of bidders,” he said. “The pricing was over our budget.”

He said the lack of on-budget bids could have had to do with the time of year and the nature of the work — the district wanted the work to start right away, and contractors might not have wanted to take on additional work.

He said the project will go out for bid a second time.

The rebidding of the elementary improvements does not delay any other capital improvements in the district, he said, because each one is considered a separate project in itself.

Everything else, he said, is on schedule, including the asbestos abatement in Carnegie Elementary.

Students return to school Aug. 28.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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