SCASD considers next phase of Memorial Field Project renovations

On Monday evening, the State College Area School District board of directors will discuss several different construction projects, all in various stages of development.

The board is scheduled to vote on whether or not to approve the administration’s recommendation to enlist the “design professional” services of Weber Murphy Fox for the next phase of the Memorial Field Project renovations.

The recommendation was months in the making, following a Request for Proposal that was released in January and the evaluation of the responses, collected in February, by the board facilities committee and the Citizens Advisory Council for Facilities.

Interviews were held earlier this month between the committee and representatives from Weber Murphy Fox and Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates

Should the board approve Weber Murphy Fox, a contract will be drawn up for their review and potential approval during another meeting.

Also scheduled to be discussed are potential renovations and additions to the Houserville and Radio Park elementary schools.

The district is looking to receive board approval to apply for two Pennsylvania Alternative and Clean Energy Program grants, both of which would commit the district to LEED Gold Certification and reimburse 10 percent of construction costs, up to $2 million each.

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.

Discussions regarding possible change orders to the State High project will also continue, with the board revisiting the potential substitution of ground-face concrete masonry units for the stone veneer originally planned for along the Westerly Parkway side of the South Building. That number alone would be $69,550.

If approved, stone veneer would still remain in key entry areas.

During a previous board meeting earlier this month, the item was met with a split vote of 4-4.

In weeks past, the board has voted on several change orders to the project and if approved, the ground-face CMU substitution would bring the total savings accumulated to $1,739,020.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready