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Boonsboro High in line for security fencing, boiler replacement

July 24, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Work will begin immediately to install security fencing, replace a boiler and make handicap-accessible improvements at Boonsboro High School.


The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously July 12 to approve the consent agenda, which included the projects.

With school starting Aug. 24, contractors are expected to begin immediately on the boiler, and the other work will begin as soon as proper bonds are secured, according to presentation documents.

The fencing is being installed as a security measure to help keep students on school grounds and keep nonschool personnel off school grounds, said Rob Rollins, director of facilities planning and development.

Colossal Contractors of Burtonsville, Md., was awarded the contract for fencing and handicap-accessible improvements with a low bid of $99,890.

The other bidders were GRC General Contractors of Zullinger, Pa. ($105,439); W. Harley Miller Contractors of Martinsburg, W.Va. ($119,679); and Abel Fence of Leola, Pa. ($135,675), according to presentation documents.

The other work under that contract includes removing a ramp and replacing it with a less steep concrete ramp that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and removing an outdoor electric wheelchair lift, Rollins said.

The wheelchair lift, which has been there for many years, takes up about half the width of a stairwell near a foot-traffic area and is difficult to maintain, Rollins said.

Work on the east side of the campus is expected to be done by Aug. 19, with work on the north side to be done by Sept. 9.

American Combustion Industries of Brentwood, Md., was awarded the boiler contract with a low bid of $214,500.

The other bidders were Musser Mechanical of Mercersburg, Pa. ($233,500); Mick’s Plumbing & Heating of Thurmont, Md. ($249,900); and Warner Industrial of Frederick, Md. ($299,800).

The work is to be done by Nov. 15, with most of the work done before school starts. The project includes demolition and abatement of materials containing asbestos.

The school has two boilers, so it will not be without heat as the old, above-ground boiler is removed, Rollins said.

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