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Waynesboro high school repairs being finalized

April 13, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A final list of construction issues for the Waynesboro Area Senior High School is being developed, with many of those repairs planned for this summer when students aren't in the building, school officials said Tuesday.

"Substantial completion is done," Business Administrator Caroline Dean said, saying that point was reached months ago.

School leaders broke ground for the $46 million renovation and expansion project in January 2007. Construction added more than 100,000 square feet, including a new 1,600-seat auditorium and three-court gymnasium.

The district is finalizing its payments to general contractor Lobar Inc. of Dillsburg, Pa., Dean told the Waynesboro Area School Board.

The "punch list" of needed repairs and information about warranties are being worked out, she said.

"We're not operating on a final occupancy permit. Until we are, we cannot close the door on the entire project," Dean said.

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At the end, issues regarding change orders will be negotiated. Involved parties will determine which, if any, change orders were due to architects' errors and omissions, possibly putting some financial responsibility on them, according to Dean.

Board President Ed Wilson asked whether warranties would reflect the "substantial completion" date. He also questioned whether various sub-contractors have different warranty periods.

Dean said she'd have to research the warranties to answer his questions.

Board member Billie Finn asked what will happen with the open space between the high school and middle school. Fill materials were dumped there.

Two people recently expressed interest in removing the fill, Dean said.

"We had nowhere to put it," she said.

The eventual goal is to turn that area into a useable athletic field, but that will depend on finances, Dean said.

"Right now it's an albatross and an eyesore," she said.

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