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With heating contract settled, district project moves ahead

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002

Aside from a snag in one of its contracts, the Greater Latrobe School District's senior high school renovation project is progressing, officials said Tuesday.

Superintendent Dr. William D. Stavisky reported that Liberty Mutual Bond Insurance Co., which holds the performance bond on the $30 million renovation project, formally declared Joseph Davis Inc. in default of its heating, ventilation and cooling system contract under the project.

The insurance company will move to award the remainder of the HVAC contract to a new company, Stavisky said. There will be no change in the price of the contract to the school district.

Since part of the system — boilers, chillers and cooling towers — have been installed, school, engineering and construction officials are working to prepare a list of what remains to be completed, Stavisky said.

He predicted that "bringing a new contractor up to speed could set us back."

"It's a complicated arena," Stavisky said. "It won't be seamless. It won't be without scars, but we are going to get it done. It's not insurmountable."

Meanwhile, other aspects of the renovation are moving along on schedule, he said.

The superintendent said some students will be moving into the renovated science wing this week, while others are moving out of the building's English area so work may start there.

While some work remains in the science area, enough has been completed to safely allow students back in on schedule before the holidays.

"That was our goal," Stavisky said, noting the renovation began in June 2001 and is slated to be finished in September 2003. "We're about halfway through."

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