Mt. Lebanon school board nears decision on rifle range

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Mt. Lebanon school board is nearing a decision on the future of the high school's rifle range.

At Monday's discussion meeting, board members directed district administrators to determine if companies that submitted bids two years ago to overhaul the range will hold to their original numbers.

In 2011, the district included range improvements as an "add alternate" to the $109 million high school renovation project. McKamish Commercial Construction Group, one of the contractors for the overall project, quoted $410,000 to add the range to its scope of work, but the district declined to proceed at the time.

The rifle range is on the third floor of the high school's "B" academic building, which is undergoing floor-by-floor renovation, starting with the sixth floor and working downward. The fifth floor is under construction.

On Monday, superintendent Timothy Steinhauer told board members the time has come to make a decision about whether to invest in retaining the range. The district has unassigned surplus money that the board has considered using to update the facility, which has been the high school rifle team's home since the 1930s.

If any of the companies that bid in 2011 decline to hold their prices, plans are to rebid the project.

Specifications for upgrading the rifle range include bringing it in compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.

Board member Dan Remely expressed concerns about the possibility of representatives from Mt. Lebanon's police, fire and inspection offices determining if additional safety features are needed.

"I want to make sure everybody reviews those plans in terms of that space down there. I'd like to get that settled up front so we know as much of the actual cost" as possible, he said.

The board will vote next week on change orders to the overall project that include additional costs for items such as enhanced fireproofing and more security cameras, as per requirements of municipal agencies.

Change orders up for approval this month total nearly $200,000. The district has used 49 percent of the $4.28 million budgeted for additional costs for the project, which is just over half complete, according to Tom Berkebile of P.J. Dick Inc., project construction manager.

He told the school board Monday that several major facets are nearing completion and final inspections are targeted for the last week of October for the athletic, fine arts and science buildings.

In the athletic building, the new swimming pool has been filled with water, and the flooring is on site for the competition gymnasium, with installation to start this week. The gym's bleachers will be assembled once the floor is in place, and Mr. Berkebile estimated the entire process will take six or seven weeks.

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Harry Funk, freelance writer: First Published October 17, 2013 1:47 AM


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