Brooke school board OKs change orders

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education on Monday approved change orders for the county’s new middle school, including a locker room and changes to the building’s steel structure.

Rob Robinson, facilities supervisor, said the locker room will be established adjacent to the school’s gym and include showers and restrooms that also may be used by the visiting football teams.

For the locker room, the board approved the following change orders: $119,000 to Grae-Con Construction, general contractor; $1,120 for sprinklers to be installed by Brewer and Co.; $11,200 for electrical wiring by Enertech Electrical; $51,000 for plumbing by W.G. Tomko; and $7,000 for tile.

Also approved was a change order of about $51,000 to reflect revisions to the overall building’s steel structure submitted by Buckeye Steel. Robinson said Buckeye Steel of Barnesville, Ohio, recommended changes in the density of the joists and connections between the beams that were approved by McKinley and Associates, project architect; and Massaro CM Services, construction manager.

In addition to local funds, the project was supported by $15 million from the state School Building Authority and $15 million raised by a 15-year bond issue approved by voters in 2014 that also raised funds for a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for the high school.

In other business, the board approved the sale of several pieces of equipment from the kitchen used for the high school’s food management classes. Sold for a total of about $912, they included a walk-in cooler, tabletop deep fryer, two-door refrigerator, 6-foot stainless steel table, a 6-burner stove, two-door freezer and 5-foot stainless steel prep table.

The food management program was eliminated due to low participation, but there are plans to use the kitchen’s space for a new career-related program, pending approval by the state.

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