The State College Area school board met Monday evening to vote on whether or not to approve the 90 percent floor plans for the State High project, which could potentially face delays that push the start of construction into the winter.
As the evening’s first action item, the board voted to approve a motion to accept the State High project 90 percent floor plans. The only dissenting vote belonged to Laurel Zydney.
With the final configuration of the building established, work on mechanical, electrical and plumbing documents can move closer toward completion.
Shortly following the vote, Ed Poprik, district director of physical plant, briefed the board on the status of the documents, which he said are not as far along as they should be in order for the board to vote on their approval during the scheduled Aug. 24 meeting.
Once the completed set of documents are approved, there would be a four-week waiting period before Massaro Construction Services would be able to deliver an estimate.
Poprik stressed the importance of the documents in ensuring an accurate estimate, but also cautioned that if the decision was made to allow Massaro more time to complete them, it could potentially push the awarding of a bid into late November or early December, leaving the start of construction at the mercy of winter weather.
Further discussion will take place during the board’s Aug. 10 meeting.
Poprik also told the board that R.C. Bowman, the contractor for a summer construction project that involves the building of a loop access road to the back of the South Building, is requesting a time extension due to weather delays.
The contract with R.C. Bowman provides for a certain amount of rain allowances per month and the contractor is looking to push the completion date on the project from Aug. 27 to Sept. 17.
Poprik said that project team is reviewing the request to determine if that date matches provisions within the contract, but that the revised target would likely fall after the start of school.
School administrators are working on a contingency plan to accommodate any ongoing construction and are trying to have the paving and parking-related portions of the project completed before students arrive for their first day of classes.
The board also voted to approve a proposal to review a contract document for Paul Olivett, a development professional, at its next meeting.
Pending approval of the contract, Olivett would initiate development activities such as fundraising to support student learning or other district initiatives.
In addition to the business aspects of the meeting, Emily Allegar, the Grange Fair queen and an incoming senior at State College Area High School, spoke briefly to the board about the value of the upcoming fair and her time as its representative.
“I was really lucky I got to do that this year,” Allegar said.