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PCS reviewing capital project scope


POTSDAM - Board of education members reviewed a wishlist containing 125 items totaling $32.5 million that could potentially be included in the district’s upcoming capital project

“What we’re looking at here is the full dream package,” Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair Wade A. Davis said. “We need to whittle that down and get it to something reasonable.”

Mr. Davis further explained “something reasonable” would be a project in the neighborhood of $10 million.

At this point the board is hoping for a project vote sometime in December. In order to make that happen, Mr. Davis said a final scope needs to be approved by the end of next month.

“It is imperative that we get this list down and in final form by mid-October,” he said.

Board member Frederick C. Stone Jr. said he understands the need to whittle the list down, but at this point he wants the SEI Design Group to review the scope and reprice many of the items included on the scope.

“I can tell you some of this stuff seems pretty out of whack. Where do they come up with these prices?” he said. “They need to go back and look at some of these numbers. They need to give us something we can work with.”

As far as meeting the October deadline for a final scope, if that’s going to happen, Mr. Stone said SEI has a lot of work to do.

“They’ve got a lot of scrubbing to do,” he said.

Board member Thomas W. Hobbs agreed.

“At the bus garage we could tear it down and build a new one,” he said, referring to the $1,358,300 price tag SEI has put on renovations there.

Major items included at the bug garage are $279,600 for new pavement, $263,700 for a new roof, $202,400 to enclose the building with insulated siding and $208,600 to replace and relocate the fuel tank.

District-wide projects include $416,900 to upgrade the district’s phone system, $275,00 to upgrade the fire alarm system, $338,000 to install a district-wide wireless network and $114,400 to upgrade the district’s clock system.

The preliminary scope also includes millions of dollars of work at each of the district’s school buildings.

At Lawrence Avenue Elementary, the preliminary scope includes $4,724,500. Major items include $451,000 to replace the building’s lighting fixtures, $390,500 for kitchen upgrades, $1,591,300 for roof replacement, $223,300 for classroom renovations, $392,700 for office renovations including enhanced security at building’s front entrance, $130,700 for enhanced handicapped accessibility, $335,500 for asbestos abatement and $537,900 for a new playground.

Work at AA Kingston Middle School totals $7,236,400.

Potential items there include $1,662,600 for a new athletic field between the turf field and the middle school, $622,600 for repaving, $235,400 for window replacement, $321,200 for office renovations, including making the nurse’s office bathroom handicapped accessible, an additional $201,900 to make other rest rooms in the building handicapped accessible and $358,100 to create exterior vestibules.

Other work slated for AA Kingston includes $392,100 for kitchen upgrades, $549,200 to replace lighting fixtures, $438,800 for electrical system upgrades, $664,400 for ventilation system upgrades and $335,500 for asbestos abatement.

At the high school the project also includes $12,523,100 of work.

Major items there include $669,900 to replace lighting fixtures, $1,065,900 for auditorium renovations, $990,000 to expand the kitchen and cafeteria,$360,200 to upgrade the kitchen’s equipment, $547,800 for exterior masonry work, $1,724,900 for siding and window replacement, $1,302,700 for roof replacement and $3,860,800 for heating system upgrades.

The project also includes $142,600 in work at the Building Blocks Day Care building to convert it into classroom space.

The work portion of the project as presented Tuesday night included $27,129,200 in work plus and additional 20 percent or $5,425,800 to cover incidental costs, giving the “dream package” a price tag of $32,555,000.

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