Penn-Trafford High School construction likely to start in June
Construction at Penn-Trafford High School tentatively is scheduled to start in mid- to late June, which is a few weeks later than the district's consultants had projected in December.
Project architect Hank Tkacik said Monday that the revised time frame is based on the expectation that the state Department of Education will issue its approval for possible partial reimbursement by late May. Daniel Kiefer of Massaro CM Services, the district's construction manager, previously estimated that construction would begin shortly after the school year ends on May 23.
Starting construction in mid- to late June would not affect the scheduled completion date in August 2016, Kiefer said.
The school board tentatively plans to begin soliciting bids on May 16 for a remodeling that it has capped at $32 million. The board likely will have to reschedule a meeting in June to award contracts because the June 12 deadline is three days after its last advertised meeting of the month.
Tkacik is going through the process of submitting project information to the state's PlanCon program for potential reimbursement, but state officials have not committed any funding for the project. State officials have imposed a moratorium on payouts for new projects, but Penn-Trafford beat a deadline to apply for funding that eventually could provide as much as a 30-percent reimbursement.
The district's timeline for awarding contracts likely won't be delayed further unless PlanCon officials don't complete their review of the bid specifications and drawings by late May, Tkacik and Kiefer said.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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