Ellwood City Area School Board hears $24 million renovation proposal
ELLWOOD CITY – It would cost the Ellwood City Area School District more than $24 million to complete all the structural upgrades suggested by engineers.
A presentation to the school board about potential renovations to all four district buildings and Slope Stadium was given Thursday by Robert Englebaugh RA of HHSDR Architects/Engineers and James Vizzini PE of CJL Engineering.
Englebaugh said the total cost for all possible renovations would be about $24.39 million.
He and Vizzini then broke down the specific projects and costs for each of the buildings and stadium.
North Side projects
Englebaugh started with North Side Primary, stating that the school needs new heat fans, a chiller/boiler, a new transformer, additional HVAC work and minor roofing work.
This represents a total cost of approximately $1.2 million.
Englebaugh said bids for HVAC and transformer work for the North Side will go out this week.
The school was first built in 1992.
Englebaugh said work is already underway to install a new underground heating line at Hartman Elementary/Intermediate.
He added that the school needs additional HVAC upgrades, especially for the office/multipurpose space, which will bring the total cost to $1.6 million.
Bids for HVAC work at Hartman are also going out this week.
The school was first built in 1988.
Englebaugh said Perry Lower Intermediate needs a complete and total renovation throughout the school.
The school, which was built in 1936, has not undergone major renovation since 1966, except for a new boiler six years ago.
Englebaugh said total work includes repairing the doors and bathrooms to better meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, replacing all windows by reducing them by 50 percent, renovating all existing classrooms and the installation of new HVAC, plumbing, electricity and sound systems.
He and district head Wesley Shipley said they wanted to build three new classrooms to move the learning and emotional support classes from the district to the building, giving them more space.
The total cost for the Perry work would be $7.2 million.
Englebaugh said Lincoln Junior-Senior High School also needs a lot of work.
He said door and paving work needs to be done, steps on stairwells need to be redone, minor roof work, fix bathrooms to update to current ADA guidelines, add bathroom to auditorium, fix boiler and other HVAC -business, refurbishing classrooms in the building, new LED lighting and replacing the fire alarm system.
Shipley said the current alarm system still works, but it’s getting harder and harder to get spare parts to replace it.
Vizzini said they also want to completely hide the building from using steam to using hot water instead. He added that many pipes need repair, as some are half a century old.
The total cost for the work would be $7.8 million.
The school was first built in 1926, with the last major renovation in 1998, with a new science room in 2018.
Slope Stadium Projects
Englebaugh said Slope Stadium will need a new lawn, completely remodeled track, work for the maintenance garage, field house and concession stand, and new lighting.
In total, the project would cost $3.3 million.
Englebaugh said the stadium would have to be completely closed for the work to be done.
Additional project information
Englebaugh said those construction costs, plus all the additional “soft costs” add up to the $24.39 million price tag.
He said studies still need to be done on Perry and Helling Stadium before engineering/architecture can be done, and work on Helling Stadium is behind schedule.
Money has also been set aside in case asbestos work needs to be done for Perry and the Lincoln.
Shipley said the school board decides which projects to run in which order.
Englebaugh said the work for Perry and the stadium is more important than the work for the other three.
For Perry, he said that if everything goes according to plan, they hope the bids will go out in 2022 and the work will be completed by Christmas 2023.
Vizzini said the work for the school buildings can be done both during and outside school hours.
Englebaugh said when work begins on Slope Stadium, they hope the district and the public can use Sanders Memorial Field and the rest of the Ewing Park Baseball Complex.
At the meeting, the school board agreed to renew the architecture contract with HHSDR.