Building upgrades could cost $10 million in West Jefferson Hills
A new turf and track could be installed at Thomas Jefferson High School stadium this year.
Yet, other “asset protection” projects — including new roofing, air conditioning and lighting upgrades at the district's five building, to the tune of $10 million — will be sprawled out over a 10-year period.
West Jefferson Hills School District architect Ryan Pierce presented options for improvements and upgrades needed to school facilities at a special board meeting Monday.
“Not every single loose doorknob and broken ceiling tile is on this list,” Pierce said. “Those are maintenance items that the district's maintenance department has been repairing or working on. These are the big items that require capital projects.”
A facilities master plan is under way in West Jefferson Hills. As part of that process, Pierce said his team completed an “in depth study” of all of the West Jefferson Hills' physical plans, collected public comment and used that to pinpoint building needs.
Three issues were outlined: maintaining existing facilities, addressing potential future growth and high school renovation or replacement, Pierce said. Then, goals for improvement were set.
Projects that need addressed in one or all of the district's five schools include new roofing, added air conditioning, lighting and energy changes, a new stadium turf, track and bleachers and parking improvements at Gill Hall Elementary, Pierce said.
Technology infrastructure upgrades also are needed, Pierce said. Those already have been completed at Thomas Jefferson High School and are planned for the work to be done in phases and finished by mid-2015, with a total cost for all district buildings of $1.28 million.
All of the building maintenance projects would cost an estimated total of $9.95 million, said Pierce, who suggested a timeline for completion for each project — some set to start as early as this summer.
Installation of a new turf and track at Thomas Jefferson High School could move forward this summer, with an estimated cost of $698,000.
“It's ready now,” Pierce said. “It's outlived its useful life.”
School board members could vote later this month on the project, officials said Monday.
“That field is in dire need,” board President Anthony Angotti said.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Female mascot makes Baldwin Highlander history
- Young musical writer’s work to be performed at J.E. Harrison Middle School
- Baldwin High School latest stop on High School Nation tour
- Whitehall considers reversing alcohol rules
- South Hills talent at center stage for ‘Chorus Line’ performance
- Plenty of treats for Halloween in South Hills
- Baldwin UP planning flea market, dinner
- New food services director hired in Brentwood