Sheffield K-12 work to start within days

Work to turn the current Sheffield Area Middle High School into a K-12 facility should be underway in the coming days.

An update on the project was provided by Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht, district director of buildings and grounds, during the Physical Plant & Facilities Committee meeting held Monday evening at the Warren County Career Center.

Kennerknecht said, with state approval of PlanCon part G in hand, the contracts have been signed by the district and will be delivered for signature to the contractors on Tuesday. He added that a pre-construction meeting is set for Thursday morning and that the contractors “should be digging and breaking ground Friday or Monday.”

Board member Mike Zamborik asked how long the construction at Sheffield would take. Kennerknecht said that the project should be complete in about a year.

Board member Tom Knapp asked if this project will “engender moving students and rooms” as the project at Beaty-Warren Middle School has. “No not at all,” Kennerknecht said.

He explained the work to the existing structure, approximately $1.25 million, will be paid for through Qualified Zone Academy Bonds which are low-to-no interest federal bonds, and will focus on the boiler room, including the installation of new boilers and systems that have been “upsized to incorporate the new addition.”

Kennerknecht noted “some ADA restorative work” to the bathrooms of the existing structure will also be completed.

The bid deadline for the project was April 24 and the Warren County School District’s board of directors approved the bids during a special meeting held shortly after at the Warren County Career Center.

The general construction contract was awarded to Hermitage-based Hudson Construction, Inc., which bid $2,395,000. All other bids exceeded $3 million, with one nearly reaching $3.5 million.

The HVAC/Mechanical contract was awarded to Sobell Company, Inc. of Erie at $1,153,760. The plumbing construction contract, for $467,000, and the fire protection contract, $73,589, were both awarded to Wm. T. Spaeder Co., Inc., also of Erie. Blackhawk Neff, Inc., a New Castle-based contractor, was awarded the electrical construction contract in the amount of $543,000.

According to a legal notice published in the Times Observer when the bid period was opened, “The project consists of a one story, 19-classroom addition to the existing building, as well as improvements to systems within the existing building.”