The Penn Hills School Board voted to approve two bids to improve infrastructure at Penn Hills High School and Elementary School during a special voting meeting on May 10.
The cost of the bids is a combined total of $2,281,200 and is based on recommendations from Dodson Engineering Inc., an engineering firm located in Pittsburgh. It’s a division of Remington and Vernick Engineers.
The first bid was for heating, cooling and air conditioning modifications to both schools and came from RB Mechanical, a family-owned South Hills-based HVAC company that has been in business for 16 years. The HVAC offering is the more expensive of the two, costing $1,501,200.
The second bid was for plumbing work at both schools and was from McRandal Company Inc., another local company located in Blawnox. The cost of this project was quoted at $780,000.
“Unfortunately, these repairs are necessary due to ongoing issues with the HVAC and plumbing systems, which are affecting our ability to properly heat and cool these structures and our ability to produce hot water,” Superintendent Dr. Nancy said. Hines.
The new primary school opened in 2012 and the new high school in 2014.
“The district has struggled to define the specific impact of each contributing factor known to be involved (improper design, faulty installation, substandard product selection, and neglect/limited routine maintenance after construction is complete), which which made legal action difficult. against those involved in the design, construction and maintenance of these schools,” Hines said.
Logan Carney is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.