Mars Area awards contracts for school construction

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An addition to the Mars Area Elementary School will cost $3.4 million.

School board members Tuesday awarded contracts totaling $2.8 million. Fees and other costs bring the total to approximately $3,431,617, said Jon Thomas, president of Thomas & Williamson, Ross, the construction management firm hired to shepherd the project.

Mars Area advertised for bids to build 10 classrooms and a small cafeteria addition to the school, plus asked for alternate bids to add two more classrooms and replace a chiller.

The board decided to award the contracts with the alternates to the following companies:

• General contractor, R.A. Glancy & Sons, Gibsonia, $1,713,614.

• Plumbing, Shipley Brothers Construction Inc., Cranberry Township, $183,275.

• Heating, ventilation and air conditioning, R&B Mechanical Inc., Pleasant Hills, $476,300.

• Electric, Pitt Electric Inc., Mount Oliver, $274,600.

• Automatic temperature controls, Schultz Installation and Service Co. Inc., Adams Township, $179,540.

"We're very, very happy with the bids," said Superintendent William Pettigrew. "All the pricing came in better than expected."

Ten classrooms will be constructed in a two-story addition. The additional two classrooms will be added by building into an existing courtyard on the first floor. A small addition to the cafeteria and a new enclosure for the Dumpster will also be built. The chiller will also be moved closer to the building.

Work will begin as soon as the material is ordered and the contractors can start, Mr. Thomas said. The shell can be built while school is in session. It will be connected to the building and the courtyard classrooms will be built over the summer, he said.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: .


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