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Chartiers Valley School Board awards construction bids for middle, high school projects

| Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 1:18 p.m.

Chartiers Valley School Board awarded construction bids of more than $78 million for the middle and high school projects at its May 10 meeting.

Board members discussed various alternate work for both the middle and high schools. The base bid for the middle school project totaled $26.5 million, which includes general contracting work, plus plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning work. The board decided to add a gymnasium to the middle school, which brought the overall bid total to $29.6 million.

Board President Tony Mazzarini said the gymnasium was included in the plans because it would cost more to build later.

“Long-term, we (would) regret not building it,” he said.

The gymnasium will help separate middle school students from high schoolers, another concern of several board members.

For the high school project, the total bid value awarded was $48.5 million. The board decided to replace the seats in the high school auditorium for $226,000. The auditorium will have three sections and two side aisles. Seating will increase slightly to more than 1,100.

“This is where most of our visitors will come,” board member Eric Kraemer said.

The board also approved a new floor for the theater stage at a cost of $97,000.

After the board unanimously approved awarding the bids, Mazzarini breathed a sigh of relief.

“It's been truly a remarkable experience going through this entire process,” he said.

The total budget for the projects is $88.5 million. The work will be done in three phases. The first includes the middle school, the high school applied engineering and technology area, and the high school performing arts area.

Construction for the first phase is scheduled to begin June 1. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for May 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Light refreshments and a virtual tour of the new buildings will follow the ceremony. Reservations to attend the ceremony can be made at

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or

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