DANVILLE — Renovations will start soon at the new home of Danville schools' alternative education program, now officially known as the Kenneth D. Bailey Academy.
Board members on Wednesday awarded a contract to McDowell Builders to prepare the building at 502 E. Main St., formerly Holy Family School, for the coming school year. The Sidell firm offered the lowest of four bids for the work.
Board members also approved naming the school after Bailey, a 1930 Danville High graduate and a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic conduct during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II.
McDowell's bid of $157,567 includes a base bid of $142,046. It also includes installing a covering to the west wall of the school for $11,049, and new doors for $4,472 on the west side of the building.
The district will factor in a $20,000 allowance for any unforeseen costs.
"We hope that's not needed," building and grounds director Ron Henton said.
Henton told board members that the project's scope broadened slightly as he discovered more work that needs to be done. The bulk of the work, already identified, includes converting two large classrooms to create a total of four smaller ones, converting one shower room into a classroom and another into a refocus room, scraping and repainting the kitchen and kitchen pantry and putting some type of covering over the west wall, which will be exposed when Holy Family parish demolishes the old two-story St. Patrick's building.
Upon closer look, Henton said, he realized that a portion of the wall above the two classrooms that will be divided are glass. So that 3-foot by 15-foot area must be studded up, dry walled with a fire rating, primed and painted.
Also, two stalls in both the boys' and girls' restrooms will be made handicapped accessible, which will require cutting the floor and relocating the toilets to provide more space in the stalls. Upon further inspection, Henton determined it would be best to replace all of the toilets and sinks.
Henton also realized the work needed to convert the shower rooms is too complex for his maintenance staff and the deadline too short. In addition, the height of the existing chimney must be reduced to eight feet, and a topped with a limestone cap.
Henton said officials considered two methods of finishing the exposed west wall — adding a brick veneer and an exterior finish insulated system. He said the brick veneer is not only more expensive but would require pouring a foundation and topping the brick with a parapet cap at the roofline. The other covering is easily attached.