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School Board accepts $1,853,095 bid to renovate Annex building at MCHS

By Bill Short

Millington Schools logoThe Millington School Board has voted to accept a $1,853,095 bid from a construction company to renovate the Annex building at Millington Central High School.
Board members took the action during an Aug. 6 special called meeting on a motion offered by Cody Childress and seconded by Louise Kennon. The motion was passed by six affirmative votes, with C. J. Haley absent.
The bid, submitted by Barnes & Brower Inc. of Memphis, was the lowest of four received.
Dr. David Roper, superintendent of Millington Municipal Schools, said eight “alternatives” were included in the bids. But two of them – LED fixtures and re-lamping existing fixtures – are “mutually exclusive.”
“You do one or the other of those or neither one,” he acknowledged. “You would never do both.”
Roper said it is in the school system’s “best interest” to have all the alternatives in this project except the re-lamping of existing fixtures. Because LED fixtures will be installed throughout the building, he believes that will result in “long-term energy savings.”
Roper noted that the renovation will include new flooring, two coats of paint, acoustic panels for the Band Room, full interior signage and special shades for the windows.
“So, when you do the alternatives that we believe will give us a package,” he said, “it’ll be something that we can be proud of. When people go into that building, it will be essentially like a new building on the inside.”
Board Chairman Don Holsinger asked if there are any “hidden costs” in the contract that the school system has not anticipated.
Jeff Eakes, senior architect for A2H of Lakeland, said he is not aware of any.
“If there were,” he noted, “we would have put that in the drawings.”
While acknowledging that there are always “a few unknowns that pop up,” Eakes said the contract contains a “small contingency” that is set up as “testing.” So, unless it is a “huge piece,” he will not have to come back to the board to deal with it.
“If it’s not huge, you’ll get $25,000 credit out of the contract,” he noted. “That was to make your job easier for minor things here or there.”
Holsinger said the renovation is scheduled to be completed in November. So, the facility will be open in January 2016 for the second semester of the current school year.
Because it will no longer be called the Freshmen Academy building, board Vice Chairman Greg Ritter asked what will be moved in there.
Oscar Brown, supervisor of Operations and Transportation for the school system, said it will contain the Navy Junior ROTC, theater, band, cosmetology, a computer lab, a Special Needs class and the Alternative School.
When Ritter asked if there will be a “separate wing” for the Alternative School, Brown acknowledged that the building has “kind of a crazy shape.”
“There’s one corner where we have handicapped-accessible bathrooms,” he noted. “Right across from that area will be where the Alternative School is, so they can use those restrooms without going throughout the building.”
Eakes said the “big cost” on the project – approximately $500,000 of the total bid price – is for the mechanical systems. Everything except the “main water trunk line” will be demolished, and new units will be installed.
Because of the mold, he said the “old ceiling” will have to be “remediated.” It will also be lowered about 2 inches so it will look like a “contiguous room,” instead of having “half-tiles.”
When Childress expressed “some concerns” about the age of the “cooling tower,” Eakes said it is at least five years old. While also noting that it is “too small” for the building, he said it is not even as large as the original one.
The architect speculated that the tower was installed under a “piggyback clause,” where Shelby County could get the “same thing for the same price” as someone else.
Because the “biggest heat load” occurs this month, he said people will “just be uncomfortable” for a little while.
“But when you replace the cooling tower, you’re going to want to go back to something a little bit larger,” he noted. “A lot of those things are kind of multi-stage, so they’re a lot more efficient now, too.”
In response to another question by Ritter, Eakes said he could not remember the “price tag” on that. But because a “number” was included in the Property Condition Assessment, he said it can be provided to the board.
When Childress asked how soon the renovation can begin, Eakes said A2H was told that it would have to get the “full state review” on it. That was scheduled to occur on Aug. 10.
Because the Millington Codes Enforcement Office has reviewed and approved the drawings, the architect said the project is ready for a building permit to be issued.

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