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New entrances aim to make Hampton schools safer

| Monday, July 13, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Work at the entrace to Central Elementary is in full swing.
Work at the entrace to Central Elementary is in full swing.
Construction to improve the entrance at Hampton Middle School has begun.
Construction to improve the entrance at Hampton Middle School has begun.

A project to install captured-vestibule entrances at three of the Hampton Township School District's school buildings is in full swing.

The district is having the new entrances put in at Wyland Elementary, Central Elementary and Hampton Middle School. The captured-vestibule system will add a layer of security when visitors are entering the schools to direct visitors into the office before they are granted access to the rest of the building.

As part of the remodeling to create the captured vestibules, the offices at each building had to be rearranged. Rick Farino, the district's director of buildings and grounds, said demolition nearly is complete and new framing has started. Electrical work is ongoing, he said, and work on new door frames and drywall started at the beginning of July.

The total cost for the work is $1.25 million, said Jeff Kline, the district's director of administrative services. VEBH Architects in Mt. Lebanon designed the project.

The general contractor is Yarborough Development Inc. in Port Vue, and the plumbing contractor is AMB Plumbing. The contractor for heating, air conditioning and ventilation is Lugaila Mechanical Inc. in Thornburg, and the electrical contractor is Merit Electrical Group Inc in Oakmont.

Farino said the project is on budget and on schedule to be finished by Aug. 24, three days before the start of school.

While the construction continues over the summer, the main offices temporarily have been located to different parts of each building. Visitors to Central have to enter the building from the south side, nearest to playground, and can find the main office in Room 15.

At Wyland, visitors will enter from the rear of the building to go to the temporary main office in Room 103. At the middle school, visitors must enter through the Dr. Harold Sarver Memorial Library entrance at the rear of the school and visit the temporary office in the library.

At the start of the new school year, visitors to the middle school will have to enter the building at the far right entrance because the office had to be relocated to accommodate the new captured vestibule, Berg said.

The main offices at Central and Wyland will remain in the same place with the existing main entrances being modified to include the captured vestibules, she said.

Poff Elementary received a captured vestibule when the building was remodeled several years ago, and the high school is slated to get a captured vestibule as part of a larger remodeling project that still is being discussed.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or

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