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Pangborn school to be razed

February 22, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

Pangborn Elementary School, which was considered for renovations, will be torn down and replaced. The projected cost of the plan is about $18.7 million, about $1 million less than renovations.

"A renovation of this building would be a major undertaking, you'd be saving some masonry walls, but there's a lot of additional cost in renovating a building like this," architect Richard C. Mullineaux told the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night.

The new two-story school will accommodate 745 students, Mullineaux said.

According to Mullineaux, the roof area at the current school, which was built in 1955, includes little space for modern duct work. Keeping it open while construction is under way would increase the amount of construction time from about 18 months to 24 to 30 months, and force the school system to move around and re-establish portable classrooms already on site, he said. Both factors would make renovations more expensive than new school construction, he said.

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According to a study presented by Mullineaux, an architect with Duane, Cahill, Mullineaux & Mullineaux in Gaithersburg, Md., renovations would cost $19,643,250, while new construction would cost $18,713,100.

Eleven portables are on site at Pangborn. According to the Washington County Public Schools' Web site, the school, which accommodates students in prekindergarten through fifth grade, has a state-rated capacity of 481, but its enrollment is 567.

In response to a question from board member Russell F. Williams, Chief Operating Officer G. William Blum said the new school would do away with the need for the portable classrooms.

"I think that's nice," Williams said.

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