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Holiday Park construction costs to rise

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A snag in the construction of a new Plum School District elementary building is expected to increase the cost.

Steven Ackerman, project manager for L.R. Kimball, the district's architect for the new Holiday Park Elementary School, told Plum School Board members some changes need to be made because of low water pressure.

The water pressure is inadequate for the demands of the new school, Ackerman said during last week's facilities committee meeting.

The building is set to be constructed on the site of the Adlai Stevenson Elementary School.

Students will attend the former Pivik building during the construction.

Ackerman said Kimball staff members are looking at installing both a water booster pump as well as a pump for the sprinkler system in the new building.

The pumps would be installed in a room that either could be added on to the building, or existing space in the designed building could be used.

Adding onto the building would cost more than using existing space, Ackerman said.

Also, there is not a lot of space on the site to place even a small addition, he said.

About 150 square feet is needed, Ackerman said.

He estimates the two pumps would cost $50,000 to $100,000.

Additionally, Kimball would charge the district about $20,000 to $25,000 for the design of the pumps.

Ackerman plans to have more information for the board later this month.

The school board approved spending a maximum $13.8 million on the new building and a maximum $20 million on the project.

The pump situation could push back about a week sending out the bid documents, Ackerman said, and the construction schedule also could be delayed slightly.

Construction had been scheduled to begin in September and take 14 months, said Dennis Russo, the district's representative on construction projects, who oversees contractors for various projects.

The two-story, 75,000-square-foot building will have the capacity for 725 students. Separate drop-off points and entrances for bus and car-riders are planned.

The Adlai Stevenson building is being demolished.

Meanwhile, preparation of the former Pivik building continues, said district facilities Supervisor Bob Holleran.

Adlai Stevenson students will attend the former Pivik throughout the construction of the new Holiday Park school.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or

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