Danville school board considers building renovations

DANVILLE — As the school district wraps up its third and final major building renovation, officials are planning to move forward with other facility work, roughly estimated at around $550,000.

While none of the projects is as large in scale or cost as the multimillion-dollar overhauls at North Ridge and South View middle schools or East Park Elementary School, they are just as important, buildings and grounds director Ron Henton said.

Henton will provide an overview of the projects at next Wednesday's school board meeting.

They include replacing plumbing fixtures, repaving drives and parking lots, and making sewer and masonry repairs at Cannon, Edison and Garfield elementary schools and Danville High School. Most are required items in the district's 10-year health/life safety plan, meaning the district has until 2015 to address them.

"It's important that we address these items so we can maintain our structures and keep them in good condition," Henton said, pointing out that Garfield is 111 years old and the others are approaching 85 or 90 years. "They're still solid structures. But if we don't maintain them, they could deteriorate very quickly."

"We're not saying there won't be work done at other schools, but this is the primary work," Superintendent Mark Denman said, adding that if any emergency projects were needed this year, they would take precedence. He said administrators also want to get the board's input on the list.

The estimated architectural fees would bring the total estimated project cost of $490,000 to $550,000. Denman said the money is included in this year's budget.

Denman said the health/life safety plan also calls for replacing the existing windows at the high school, installed in the late 1960s, with energy-efficient ones over a period of several years. Replacing those on the building's west side is roughly estimated at $628,000.

Denman said the district is applying for a $250,000 state grant to help with the cost. He and Henton said the work would be contingent upon receiving the money and whether there is money leftover after the other work is completed. They also said the district would spread the cost over two fiscal years.

"If we get this grant, it would possibly allow us to start on them next summer," Henton said. "If we don't get the grant, it may have to go into 2015."

Barring any board objections, Henton said, he hopes to begin the bid process soon. He added the amount of work that's completed this year will depend on how the bids come back.

"I want to try to get the pavement work done this year," he said, adding some of the work will have to wait until students are gone for the summer.

Possible projects

Here's a preliminary list of Danville school district building projects that could be done in the current fiscal year and their estimated cost:

Cannon School

— Replace all plumbing fixtures throughout the building*: $84,000 to $100,000.

— Excavate and replace sewage piping for the kitchen*: $15,000 to $25,000.

— Stabilize masonry interior that has pulled away from exterior*: $10,000 to $20,000.

Edison School

— Replace all plumbing fixtures throughout the building *: $84,000 to $100,000.

— Repave the drive and parking area and add new parking: $50,000.

While not a "required" item, building and grounds director Ron Henton said the drive has deteriorated badly "to the point of failure."

— Relocate water coolers and install a sewage ejector system *: $13,000 to $25,000.

Garfield School

— Repave the drive and parking area: $50,000.

Henton said this drive also has deteriorated badly.

— Repair steam piping as required *: $14,000 to $20,000.

— Provide additional structural support over window openings *: $10,000 to $20,000.

Danville High

— Build a masonry pedestrian ramp near the Circle Drive entrance: $45,000.

— Remove trip hazards and repair stair treads throughout the building *: $12,000 to $20,000.

— Upgrade locker room: $15,000.

* Required health/life safety study projects that must be done between 2011 and 2015.

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