New Kensington-Arnold awards $1.9M in contracts for roof work at 3 schools

The New Kensington-Arnold School Board placed just over $ 1.9 million in contracts to replace roofs on three of the district’s four schools.

The board of directors voted 7-0 on Tuesday to accept an offer from David M. Maines Associates for $ 1.4 million to work at HD Berkey and Martin Elementary Schools and Valley Junior Senior High School.

Board members Robert Pallone and Eric Doutt were not present.

Maines, of Lewistown, Mifflin County, was the lowest of six contractors to bid on the project. The others were Miller-Thomas-Gyekis, Triangle Roofing, Slippery Rock Roofing, Tuscano Maher Roofing, and Pennsylvania Roofing Systems. Slippery Rock Roofing is only offering for the Martin building, according to the district.

Garland DBS received a separate order for roofing materials totaling approximately $ 490,000. The district also pays for freight costs, which are estimated at $ 3,400.

Work is expected to begin by the end of the school year in June and be completed before the start of the 2021-22 school year, acting Superintendent Jon Banko said.

Jeff McVey, the district’s business manager, said the entire roof of Martin, 24,400 square feet, will be replaced while 13,100 square feet, which will encompass most of Berkey and its entrances, will be replaced. About 600 square feet were completed at Berkey in 2008 and are guaranteed.

At the junior-senior high school, 41,150 square meters of roof will be replaced. This area includes the cafeteria, kitchen, boardroom, fitness room, changing rooms, pool and roof entrance. The auditorium and remaining roof space were replaced in 2014, McVey said.

Work is underway to replace the roof at the district’s fourth school, Roy A. Hunt Elementary. This contract was awarded for the first time in April.

In August, the size of the work at Hunt more than doubled to cover the entire roof of the school. The cost increased from $ 740,000 to $ 1.55 million.

Banko said work at Hunt was progressing. He couldn’t say when it was likely to be ready.

The district borrowed $ 4 million this year on a bond to fund roofing work. About $ 2.6 million will go towards the roofing work, including about $ 693,000 of the cost at Hunt and the entire $ 1.9 million for Martin, Berkey and junior senior high schools, McVey said.

McVey said the district had not identified any specific projects to use the remaining $ 1.41 million in retirement funds. The district has three years to identify and use the pension funds, he said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected], or on Twitter.

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