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Holiday Park construction bids come in under budget at $14.6M

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Plum Advance Leader
The walls came tumbling down at Adlai Stevenson Elementary with the initial demolition of the building getting underway last week.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Plum Advance Leader
The walls came tumbling down at Adlai Stevenson Elementary School, with the initial demolition of the building getting underway last week.

Construction bids for the new Holiday Park Elementary are on target.

Dennis Russo, the district's construction representative, told Plum School Board members during a facilities committee meeting last week that low bids for the four prime contracts — general construction, electrical, mechanical and plumbing — total $14.6 million.

“The bids are within budget,” Russo said.

The board approved spending a maximum $20 million on the project.

The two-story, 75,000-square-foot building will be constructed at the site of Adlai Stevenson Elementary School that has been demolished. Adlai Stevenson students are attending the former Pivik Elementary until the new building is complete.

The building will have capacity for 725 students.

Board members also last week decided on alternate features that add $600,000 to the project cost, placing it at $15.2 million.

The alternates include central air conditioning and terrazzo floors on both the first and second floors of the building.

The board is expected to consider awarding contracts for the project during the 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday.

Russo said if the board awards the contracts during the September meeting, the construction project could start on Oct. 1.

Russo expects the building to be completed by December 2014.

District officials tentatively plan to move students into the new building in January 2014 for the start of the second semester of the school year.

Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said the transition of students and teachers from Adlai Stevenson to the former Pivik building went well.

“People trusted us with their children, and they were patient with us over some transition issues,” Glasspool said.

Russo also reported that the final numbers on the new Pivik Elementary place the cost of the project at $17.1 million. The new school opened at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

In other construction news, Russo told board members that work continues on the practice field at the new Pivik Elementary School.

The field, located behind the school, is not ready for use because recent rains washed off a layer of topsoil and exposed some rocks. The field is to be used for soccer and other practices.

Russo said the field is being raked to remove the rocks.

The field also needs to be fertilized for grass to grow, Russo said.

Russo said officials with Palumbo Landscaping of Penn Hills recommend the field not be used until next spring.

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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