The Mars Area School District Middle School renovation project is moving ahead after bids were awarded to contractors during a special meeting Monday.
The overall project has a budget of nearly $15.4 million, including over $4 million in HVAC improvements, over $3 million in general construction, over $2 million in roofing repairs, and over $1 million in electrical work. Bids were awarded to Tomlyn Construction (general construction), Pennsylvania Roofing Systems Inc. (roofing), Bova Corporation (food service equipment), Vrabel Plumbing Co. LLC (plumbing), D&G Mechanical Inc. (HVAC) and A-1 Electric Inc. (electrical).
The project will be completed in five phases, the first of which will begin immediately following the conclusion of the current school year. Doing the work this way allows 27 classrooms and other instructional spaces available for teachers and students when school starts back up in the fall with the majority of remaining construction taking place after school.
Phase #1 of the project will include renovations to six classrooms (in the northern portion of the seventh grade wing) as well as wall demolition, floor installation, and light fixture replacement in all specialized classrooms and throughout the building. Work will also include the installation of a new floor and new lighting in the gymnasium; the raising of the floor in the Commons (cafeteria); and renovations to expand the kitchen/cafeteria serving area and the school’s LGI (Large Group Instruction) Room.
The guidance and nurse’s offices will be moved to the front of the building near the main office. The technology education classroom will be expanded into existing space; the school’s art and family and consumer science classrooms will be relocated and enlarged; and classrooms will be dedicated for “maker” and robotics labs.
Phase #2 (to be completed Sept. 10-Oct. 1) will include renovations to the remaining seventh grade classrooms; Phase #3 (Oct. 1-22), the northern classrooms in the eighth grade wing; Phase #4 (Oct. 22-Nov. 12), the remaining eighth grade classrooms; and Phase #5 (Nov. 12-Dec. 12), the remaining classrooms in the southwest corner of the building.
The Mars Area School Board will host a public meeting to update the community about the renovation project at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the district’s Administration Office (545 Route 228, Mars).
For more information, call (724) 625-1518.
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