Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Edgewood picks bids on building contracts


Construction to begin on wing, media center

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        TRENTON — The third phase of improvements to the Edgewood Schools will begin next month and includes construction of a 22-classroom wing at the high school and a media center at Bloomfield Elementary.

        Five contracts totaling nearly $8.3 million were awarded for work at the two schools during a special board meeting last week.

        When all three phases are finished in 2002:

        • Babeck Elementary will have doubled its size.

        • Adjoining Bloomfield and Trenton elementary schools will become one school.

        • There will be room at the high school for some vocational programs that are temporarily being housed at the next door middle school.

        “The bids came back very favorable,” said John Snyder, president of the Edgewood Board of Education. “We're very thrilled. This has been five years in the planning.”

        General contractor for the project is Universal Contractors of Cincinnati. They received a $5 million contract. Century Construction of Erlanger will do heating, ventilating and air-conditioning work at a cost of $1.7 million.

        Other contracts went to: J&H Mechanical, Somerville, $497,505, plumbing; Prism Electrical, Riverside, $940,175, electrical; and Firematic Sprinkler, Lawrenceburg, $72,101, fire protection.

        The projects are being paid for through an $18.9 million bond issue voters approved in 1998. The improvements are needed to make room for a rapidly growing student body that increased by 30 percent from 1993, when there were 2,540 students enrolled in the Edgewood Schools, to today's 3,300 count.

        Edgewood High School will get a 78,900-square-foot, two-story addition; an auditorium; and a gymnasium that seats 1,750. The work does not include lighting, seats or a curtain-drop mechanism in the auditorium, said Superintendent Dale Robertson. He said that after the other projects are finished the situation will be re-evaluated and if money is available, the work would be done. If not a communitywide fund-raising effort would be launched.

        “We're leaving ourselves a little wiggle room,” Mr. Robertson said.

        Taken out of the project was the removal of a stage from the cafeteria and remodeling of the library. If funds are available, those projects could be added at a later date, said Jim Patrick, Edgewood's project manager.

        At Bloomfield an administrative office suite and a media center will be built off the connector between Bloomfield and Trenton elementary schools. It becomes the new entrance to the school.

       



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