Penn-Trafford board members list possible add-on work

| Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

If the cost of the upcoming high-school renovation project is less than expected, Penn-Trafford officials will be ready to add other projects to the “to-do” list.

On Monday night, school board members outlined 10 add-on projects they would consider if contractor bids are less than construction estimates.

The items range from a high of $3.5 million for an annex to house a new maintenance facility, fitness center and auxiliary gym to a low of $47,000 — which is the cost of a new 100-yard, gravel access road from the tennis courts to Warrior Court that only emergency vehicles and maintenance staff would use.

Other possibilities include replacing portable toilets at Warrior Stadium with new restrooms that would be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, $273,800; new boilers, $457,620; a new pool heater, $58,350; the addition of two tennis courts and 24 parking spaces, $193,988; restoring the library skylight that has been sealed off because of leaks, $150,003; replacing the remaining 80 percent of light fixtures that aren't addressed by the base bid, $769,432; upgrading the proposed roof work, $217,638; and new lighting and parking near the baseball field, $369,479.

Board members had reviewed those projects but won't include them in the base specs for the work, which they voted to cap at $32 million for construction costs and associated fees.

“We pared off a whole lot of other things that we thought needed done,” board member Dallas Leonard said.

Nick Petrucci, who is in his 35th year as a board member, said parents long have told him of the need for an auxiliary gym.

“I'm telling you, (without) an auxiliary gym, we're behind the times,” Petrucci said.

Meanwhile, Dave Babik, a high school biology teacher and swimming coach, said improvements to the pool are necessary.

The ventilation is poor and some swimmers have cut their feet on cracked tiles in the pool, he said.

“Although we do enjoy our home pool advantage, it's disheartening to hear opposing teams and their parents call our pool a dump,” Babik said.

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