Entrance upgrades set for Richland Elementary
Mazzei Construction Inc. is scheduled to begin work this week on two new, canopied entrances to Richland Elementary School.
The Richland Township firm also will build a new 12-space parking lot near the school's northwest corner.
Pine-Richland School Board unanimously voted March 25 to accept Mazzei's lowest bid to complete the renovations for $194,500.
The board ordered the renovations to boost safety and security at Richland Elementary School.
Mazzei Construction's proposal bested pricier bids to perform the renovations from three other firms: Kusevich Contracting ($240,000); Liokareas Construction ($213,000); and UHL Construction Co., Inc. ($243,000).
“We did the cafeteria upgrades at the high school about two years ago for Pine-Richland (school district),” said Greg Mazzei, president of Mazzei Construction, a 15-year-old company based in the Bakerstown area of Richland.
“We've worked for Hampton schools. We've worked in the Freeport School District. We've worked for Seneca Valley School District and the Butler County Community College,” Mazzei said. “We've done a lot of schools. “
Architectural Innovations of Ross designed the upgrades planned at Richland Elementary School.
Mazzei expects to complete the renovations within 90 days.
“We'll get started on the exterior while school is going, but we won't be on the interior,” Mazzei said. “We'll be done before school starts (in August).”
Richland Elementary School's current main entrance allows people to enter the school's halls without passing the school's office.
“If you go to Hance (Elementary School) or you go to Wexford (Elementary School), to gain access to the main building, you must pass the front office. That does not apply at Richland (Elementary School),” said Gary Zang, director of buildings and grounds for Pine-Richland school District.
To increase security at Richland Elementary School, Mazzei will create a new, second entrance for use after the school's main entrance is locked during classes. Students will continue to use the main entrance when they arrive for school, and depart for home.
The new, second entrance will be a three-sided enclosure of reinforced glass.
“It'll bring you right into the front office,” Zang said.
Mazzei Construction also will build a new covered entry — facing Bakerstown Road — to Pine-Richland School District's departments of special education and psychological services.
Both departments operate on the lower level of Richland Elementary School, and visitors currently use a door on the west side of the school that opens onto a roadway.
The departments' new, safer entrance will use an existing set of double doors near the northwest corner of Richland Elementary School. The new entry will open onto a new 12-space parking lot.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or email@example.com.
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