Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Parts of Project near Completion

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Parts of Project near Completion

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Several facets of the $109 million Mt. Lebanon High School renovation project are targeted for completion soon.

During a school board construction update Monday, Tom Berkebile of project construction manager P.J. Dick Inc. outlined upcoming "milestones" as the reconstruction passes the 2-year mark.

The fourth floor of the school's "B" building, housing administrative offices and social studies classrooms, should be finished prior to the start of the school year on Sept. 2, Mr. Berkebile said. Also scheduled to be ready is the third floor of the "E" building, containing the technical education department.

The "B" building's third floor is anticipated to be finished in late September or early October. Also in October, the schedule calls for the main auditorium to be completed.

December should mark the opening of the addition to the "D" building, with a new library, band and choir rooms, cafeteria and kitchen, along with geoscience and family and consumer sciences areas.

Asbestos abatement in the "C" building is scheduled to start in May, with demolition to follow.

The overall completion is targeted for November 2015, according to Mr. Berkebile.

He also outlined the latest round of change orders for the project. So far, the school district has used some $3.7 million in contingency money for unanticipated expenses, out of a budgeted $4.2 million, or 87 percent.

At its Aug. 18 regular meeting, the school board will vote on approving $145,454 in change orders, encompassing work that includes modifying the balcony railing at the school's new swimming pool to address safety concerns. Of that amount, $42,847 is coming from the district's capital fund, rather than the contingency fund. …

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