Summer security entrance projects nearing completion

  • Friday, August 1, 2014

The summer security entrance projects are nearing completion at Dorchester District Two schools but a couple of projects are being postponed until next year.

Rick Rogers, director of facilities for the district, reported to board members on July 28 that right now the summer projects are almost finished; some places might be waiting on new entrance or security doors to arrive — likely right before students return to school Aug. 18.

“We’re three weeks away from students returning and we feel fairly confident that all the work will be completed by then,” Rogers said.

Gregg Middle is the closest to completion, with school officials waiting on their security door to arrive.

“We’re doing all we can and the contractors are cooperating and helping out and trying to make these all very successful projects,” Rogers said. “They’re all on schedule to be completed. OSF and final inspections are scheduled so we’re anticipating everything being successful.”

Alston Middle, Oakbrook Middle and Oakbrook Elementary were packaged together in the same bidding process, and bids went “way over” for those schools, which had a combined budget of $295,000 and received bids of $578,000. Rogers said that particular package went out for bid in May, later than the other schools set to receive renovations.

Rogers said what officials decided to do was go forward with Oakbrook Elementary’s renovations in order to keep up with the other elementary school security entrances, while Oakbrook Middle and Alston Middle will go back to the architects for value engineering before going out for rebid in early 2015. Those schools will be done next summer.

Fort Dorchester High’s bids also went over budget; the budget was $175,000 but the bid amount came at $458,600. However, instead of waiting until next summer, renovations will be ongoing during the school year, once the school goes back for value engineering.

Rogers said in order to bring the more expensive school projects into budget, different materials are being used.

“In many cases instead of doing block work – because concrete block work is very expensive in this area because of earthquake standards – especially around an office area we really don’t need block work,” he said, adding working with metal studs is more cost effective. “It’s a whole different scope of work.”

At Fort Dorchester High, Rogers anticipates saving $35,000 by switching to metal studs and drywall as oppose to the concrete blocks.

“That is just part of the savings,” he said. “We may have to take out some of the windows and stuff that the school had put into the project that brought it over budget, but we’ll work through these things.”

Newington Elementary is the only elementary school on the list that’s receiving a security entrance upgrade next summer as opposed to this summer; Rogers said it is because the school’s “configuration” is different from the other elementary schools and, therefore, the renovations can wait.

All the desired security entrance upgrades are as follows:

Dubose Middle

• Add security walls/relocate main entrance

• Added canopy renovation to project

Fort Dorchester High

• Renovate office for added space and security

Gregg Middle

• Entrance/reception renovation

Fort Dorchester Elem.

• Add glass wall to left of lobby

Spann Elementary

• Add storefront w/ doors at front office

Knightsville

• Front office lobby/reception alteration

Newington Elementary

• Front office lobby/reception alteration

Oakbrook Elementary

• Front lobby renovation

Oakbrook Middle

• Add security walls/renovate entrance

Rollings Middle

• Possibly add some glass walls at reception

Summerville Elementary

• Office vestibule school

• Expanded concept to correct additional issues including front

Summerville High

• Add storefront and office remodel

Beech Hill Elementary

• Reconfigure front office, add glass wall and doors to limit access

Windsor Hill Elementary

• Front office renovation, same as Beech Hill

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