Options presented for Woodland Hills Academy renovation

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Options for preventing future flooding at the Woodland Hills Academy were presented by architect Phil Foreman of Foreman Architects and Engineers of Zelienople at Wednesday’s meeting of the district’s board of directors.

The estimated construction costs for the renovations for the academy, which was built in 1918, were budgeted at about $12 million, but bids came in at $10 million, Mr. Foreman said. The overall project cost is estimated at $15 million.

As is typical for boroughs in the area, like Turtle Creek, where the academy is located, the pipes under the school are made of clay tile. After consultants Insight Plumbing inspected the lines with a camera, it was determined that there were many broken pieces. The pipes are combined sanitary sewer/storm-water lines.

The first option would be to clean the roof drains to above grade and replace floor drains in two locations. That option would also include filling in an area near the north side of the gymnasium to bring it to grade and to fill in a stairway on the side of the building near the former rifle range. That option would not need a change order.

Option No. 2 is to install a pipe liner in the line to prevent water and dirt from seeping into the pipes. It would also include the possible elimination of the plumbing in the gym locker room.

“We actually have the budget for option two,” Mr. Foreman said, adding the cost would be about $100,000.

Option three would be to replace the piping system all-together, which Mr. Foreman said would be “very, very expensive.”

First Published August 13, 2014 12:00 AM

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