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Frazier School Board awards construction contracts

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Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

The Frazier School Board awarded contracts Thursday night for the construction of a new middle/elementary school that will cost an estimated $21.7 million.

The school board awarded a $11,818,080 general contract to Walter Mucci Construction Co. Inc. of Perryopolis, the lowest bidder. Mucci submitted a base bid of $11,089,000, but the school board decided to add an additional $700,000 in alternates for the project.

Superintendent Dr. David Blozowich said the alternates included $44,100 for a standing-seam metal roof; $388,800 for a three-ply built-up roof; $45,400 for additional classroom casework (storage space); $9,680 for corridor locker tops; $780 for pre-k locker tops; and $240,320 for ceramic tile wall finishes in vestibules, corridors and rest rooms.

Contracts were also awarded to the following companies:

• Asbestos abatement, Canfield Development Inc. of Pittsburgh for $69,900.

• Electrical work, A-1 Electric Ind. of Canonsburg for $1,656,000.

• Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), A.J. Demor & Sons Inc. of Pittsburgh for $3,018,000.

• Plumbing, Vrabel Plumbing Co. of Pittsburgh for $1,018,200.

• Food service (the kitchen), Todd Devin Food Equipment Inc. of the Philadelphia area for $407,100. The total cost of the contracts will be $17,987,280

The school district will pay a standard 19 percent of the contract price for soft costs and an additional 3 percent for a contingency fund. This will bring the total contract cost to $21,404,863.

Business manager Kevin Mildren said the school district has borrowed $19,280,000 in bond financing. The school district also has an additional $2,031,000 in its capital reserve fund.

The school district also plans to replace the roof on the senior high school at an estimated cost of $1 million. The school district can begin the project and borrow additional money as needed.

The project calls for the construction of a new 114,000-square-foot building at the current site of the Perry Elementary School, which will be demolished after the new school has been completed. The new building will be located in a field adjacent to the senior high school.

Construction will begin within the next few weeks. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed by June 1, 2015. Perry Elementary School will then be torn down, and the new building will be ready for the start of the school year on Sept. 1, 2015.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project at a neighborhood meeting that will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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