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Architects work on look for upgraded Penn-Trafford High school

| Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 8:14 a.m.

Renovations at Penn-Trafford High School could begin in May 2014.

But for now, architects and a construction firm are working on designs for the project that will consist mainly of piping, wiring and duct work.

“There's not a whole lot of glitz,” said Daniel Kiefer, preconstruction director with Massaro Construction Management Services in Pittsburgh. “It's a lot of important things, but it's a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff.”

Kiefer and principal architect Hank Tkacik with Axis Architecture in North Huntingdon presented the school board and officials with a tentative timeline Monday night for the proposed renovations. The high school was built in 1972 and renovated in 1996.

Directors approved in November the borrowing of $9.5 million to put toward what could be a $30 million project at the high school.

Kiefer and Tkacik said they have monthly meetings with district administrators to keep up with the tentative timeline and create a design that meets the district's needs. Tkacik said the renovations would take about two years.

Community input has played a big role in the design phase, which is ongoing, he said.

Superintendent Thomas Butler said he is pleased with the progress thus far.

“Once it's more definite, we'll set up a time to have (the public) come in” and look at the plans, he said.

The proposed timeline showed that a project budget could be developed in July and contracts for renovations could be awarded in April 2014.

The board approved two matters Monday in relation to the proposed renovations.

“What we're going to start seeing on a monthly basis is now expenses related to the high school renovation project,” said Brett Lago, district director of financial planning.

An $86,250 payment to Axis Architecture was approved. Lago said monthly payments will be due to the firm until the construction phase begins.

A proposal for the surveying and mapping services submitted by Morris Knowles and Associates Inc. of Delmont was approved at a cost of $18,900.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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