New bids invited for Carlynton security renovations
By Megan Guza
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Carlynton School District officials plan to seek new bids for renovations designed to boost security at the two elementary schools, in an attempt to get lower prices.
Office relocations and the construction of new vestibules at Crafton and Carnegie elementary schools have been in the works since last year, but when bids came back too high last summer district officials decided to hold off.
“It is hoped that by bidding now, in January, we will gain more competitive bids,” said district spokeswoman Michale Herrmann. Contractors may not be as busy now, and may quote lower prices, officials said.
Earlier cost estimates from Thomas & Williamson Program Management for the improvements were about $517,000 for work at Carnegie Elementary, and $242,000 for Crafton Elementary. That did not include the office relocations.
Alicia Zevola, an executive administrator at Thomas & Williamson, a construction management company, said the rebidding is not a setback.
“We're moving forward,” she said.
Seeking new bids for the elementary school work didn't set back other capital improvements, Zevola said, because each one is considered a separate project.
The new vestibules will control access to the buildings, providing more secure entryways for the two elementary buildings. Visitors will have to pass through two sets of doors before they are allowed in.
The office relocations go hand-in-hand with the vestibules. Offices are being moved so that visitors will speak with an office attendant before passing through the second set of doors.
Other projects have been added to the district's capital improvement plan, which began last school year.
The school board earlier this month approved installing a new fire alarm package at Carnegie Elementary at a cost of $4,500. The board also approved installation of additional floor and wall stops for doors in the junior-senior high school, to coincide with the replacement entry doors. That cost is $1,420.
The district also plans to put out a request for proposals for renovation of the filtration system and drains in the high school swimming pool.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
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