Pleasant Valley Elementary, Northern MIddle top list of WCPS construction projects

April 29, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |

Pleasant Valley Elementary School will get a new roof and Northern Middle School will get windows and doors this year, regardless of whether state funding is provided, the school system's director of facilities planning and development said this week.

State school construction officials were not recommending that the Maryland Board of Public Works grant the school system's request for $396,000 for Pleasant Valley's roof and $269,000 for Northern Middle, Rob Rollins said.

The three-member Board of Public Works is scheduled to meet in Annapolis Wednesday, but isn't expected to approve the school system's appeal to fund those projects, he said.

Instead, the school system will use money transferred from other surpluses to pay for the two projects, Rollins told the school board during a meeting Tuesday at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue.

Whether any of that funding comes from the $620,000 that was originally meant to go to the lease for Barbara Ingram School for the Arts will be determined when the board votes on budget transfers, school board President Wayne Ridenour said Thursday.

The school system had budgeted $634,704 for the lease as a placeholder in case the state didn't provide money for the lease payment, but the state provided $620,000. That freed up the placeholder money for other projects.

Some of that money went toward paying the feasibility study to determine whether to renovate or replace Bester Elementary School.

In unanimously approving a consent agenda Tuesday, the school board approved contracts for the Pleasant Valley and Northern Middle school projects.

With a low bid of $249,700, Milton Stamper Builders of Hagerstown was awarded the contract to replace Northern Middle's doors and windows.

According to presentation documents and the Purchasing Department, the other bidders were 3G Contractors of Frederick, Md., $281,950; W. Harley Miller Contractors of Martinsburg, W.Va., $284,000; Eagle Construction of Greencastle, Pa., $286,900; Palmer Construction of McConnellsburg, Pa., $290,000; Waynesboro (Pa.) Construction, $299,000; Rockwell Construction of Mercersburg, Pa., $303,000; AtlasCopco Construction of Gaithersburg, Md., $307,000; and Minghini's General Contractors of Martinsburg, $324,200.

Northern Middle's exterior windows are as old as the 1980 school, according to school system documents.

The windows will be replaced with ones that allow less heat inside, Mark Mills, director of maintenance and operations, said Thursday.

Pleasant Valley Elementary's roof is 20 years old and has a variety of problem areas and deteriorating seams, according to school documents.

Work at both schools will be done this summer.

The contract was awarded to the low bidder, Interstate Corp. of Rockville, Md., which had a base bid of  $418,000.

The other bidders were Northeast Contracting Corp. of Alexandria, Va., $443,375; Autumn Contracting of Alexandria, $489,470; Hite Associates of Cumberland, Md., $458,700; SGK Contracting of Bowie, Md., $455,000; Colby Bachtell General Contractor of Hagerstown, $436,000; Kline Associated Roofing Contractors of Hagerstown, $448,300; J&K Contracting of Capitol Heights, Md., $434,000; Heidler Roofing Services of Hagerstown,  $471,776; and CHU Contracting of Chantilly, Va., $501,000.

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