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Frazier school board awards contractor $1.5M for school's roofing project; competitor argues its bid $300K less

| Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5:06 p.m.

Frazier School Board agreed on Wednesday night to hire Miller Thomas Gyekis Inc. of Pittsburgh for the high school's roofing project for $1,590,646.

Mark E. Scheller, project architect for Eckles Architecture and Engineering, provided the school board in April with a bid-tabulation sheet.

Scheller recommended the district award the contract to Miller Thomas Gyekis for a modified bitumen-roofing system ­— one of three roofing systems that the school district considered.

“I'm recommending that the school board award the contract to Miller Thomas because it is a good price, and the company has a lot of experience with roofing systems at schools in the area,” Scheller said.

The school board decided in April to table action on the issue to give members more time to review the proposals and make a selection.

At the work session on Wednesday, roofing manufacturer Bruce Mancini of Trempco said Altoona Roofing submitted a proposal that was $300,000 less for the high school's roofing project.

“I don't understand why the school board is hiring Miller Thomas Gyekis to do the work when the bid from Altoona Roofing is $300,000 less,” Mancini said.

“The school board delayed action on the roof project at its last meeting because it wanted to spend more time reviewing the proposals,” Mancini said. “But no one from the school district contacted Altoona Roofing to ask them any questions or clarify how much experience the company has.”

Although Altoona Roofing provided the district with information indicating that it has more than a year's experience installing roofs, Mancini claimed the company has done work under other names.

At the April meeting, solicitor John Purcell said Altoona Roofing didn't submit a proposal for the modified bitumen-roofing system. Because Altoona Roofing did not submit a proposal for the system, its proposal was deemed insignificant.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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