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Frazier School Board hires consultants for school construction

| Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Frazier School Board took action on Thursday night on its $21 million elementary/middle school construction project.

The board hired Construction Engineering Consultants as the independent quality control/quality assurance company to perform site testing on items associated with the project.

The contracted price for the services is $54,500.

Before the board took action to hire the consultants, Dave Disque of Massaro and Mark Scheller of Eckles Construction Co. presented an update on the project during a work session.

Scheller recommended that the board move ahead with plans to prepare requests for proposals for commissioning to the mechanical portion of the project at an estimated cost of about $70,000.

The school board will be required to pay Eckles no more than $7,000 or 3 to 4 percent to prepare the RFPs, Scheller said.

“The commissioning is to make sure that the school district gets a balanced contract for the project,” he said. “We have about 20 to 30 days to put the program together, because the actual construction of the building has already begun.”

Disque showed school board members and administrators drawings of the site work near Frazier High School.

“I wanted to take a moment to show you what we're doing outside,” Disque said. “We're taking steps to make it a balanced site. We're skimming the topsoil and creating a surface where we can actually construct the building.”

Contractors are placing crushed limestone at the site where the footer that will hold the building will be laid, he said.

“We're building up the stone at the site,” he said. “This is going to cost $456,000. We're preparing the site for the footers.”

Disque said a controversial issue is being discussed about drainage pipes that could be laid underneath the building.

“We're concerned about this issue because water may eventually find its way underneath the building,” Scheller said. “It's not going to happen now or a year from now, but it could happen 10 years down the road.”

The construction companies are expected to meet to discuss potential water problems.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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