Middle school

September 4, 2013

School Building Construction

Multiple prime design delivery system for construction of new elementary and middle school buildings. The building foundations experienced cracking due to expansive soils beneath the slab-on-grade foundation design. School district conducted review and determined that the pre-design subsurface investigation by the geotechnical engineer was insufficient and should have discovered the expansive soils and recommended against slab-on-grade foundation. Remedial plan consisted of driving structural steel columns from foundation into bedrock 20 feet below grade. Claim by School District for inadequate geotechnical investigation and increased construction costs exceeded available design professional insurance.

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September 4, 2013

Construction of School Gymnasium

Single prime design delivery system for the construction of a new school gymnasium facility and a classroom building at an existing elementary school. Due to an elevation error in the civil engineering plans, the new buildings were constructed 2 feet below the existing FEMA flood plain. Error was not discovered until after construction was completed. Remedial options included raising the buildings 2 feet or constructing a wall around the existing buildings to divert flood waters. The cost for either remedial plan exceeded available design professional insurance.

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July 28, 2011

School settles mold case with builder

Read here about a Wisconsin school that settled a mold case with a builder.…

June 21, 2011

Mold discovered in Cleveland Hotel

Source: http://starbeacon.com, March 16, 2009
By: MarK Todd

A Monday morning inspection of the Cleveland Hotel found mold in portions of the building, said Sally Kennedy, city health commissioner.

The bank that holds the mortgage on the building will be contacted, but occupants are in no danger and use of the building won’t change, Kennedy said. “It’s not a problem,” she said.

Cady Hutchinson, city environmental health inspector, and fire inspector Steve Sanford examined the century-old building. Hutchinson’s report has not been filed, but she reportedly found evidence of mold in the basement and in some of the residential units, Kennedy said.

The hotel is now home to more than two dozen condominium units. Only one is occupied, according to reports.

The mold was found in an unoccupied unit, Kennedy said.

Mold was one complaint cited in a lawsuit filed late last year in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court by Roger and Colleen Mericka, who are leasing one of the units. The Merickas have named several defendants in their complaint, which alleges — among other things — that building maintenance has been neglected.…

June 15, 2011

Possible Mold Infestation Closes Langdon, N.H., School

Source: http://www.redorbit.com, February 26, 2006
By: Josh Adams, Eagle Times, Claremont, N.H.

Concerns over a possible mold infestation at the Sarah Porter School in Langdon have prompted the school district to close the building for at least a portion of next week.

SAU 60 Superintendent Joe Della Badia confirmed Thursday that students will attend classes at the Vilas Middle School in Alstead for at least three days when they return from winter break on Monday. Tests for mold and other contaminants were done Wednesday, Della Badia said, and the results will not be known until Friday or Monday.

The decision to close the building is a precautionary measure, Della Badia said.

“At this point we don’t know whether there’s mold or any airborne contaminants at all,” Della Badia said.

Destry Bardis is the parent of a second-grader at the school who contacted district administrators about a possible mold problem. Bardis said Thursday she became concerned when her daughter complained of headaches, stomach aches and skin rashes that seemed to occur only while in the school.…

March 22, 2011

Pesticide cleanup costs school district over $850K

Read here about an Arizona school district that had to pay over $850K to cleanup pesticide.…

November 18, 2010

Asbestos Confirmed at Dixon High

Publication Date 11/12/2010
Source: Daily Gazette (Sterling, IL)

Nov. 12–DIXON — The substance found in the Lancaster gym at Dixon High School is asbestos, officials confirmed Thursday.

The 51-year-old gym, closed since the discovery Monday, will remain off-limits until the problem is solved — however that may be. Air-monitoring devices will be installed.

Other than that, “we are waiting for the experts to tell us what to do,” Superintendent Michael Juenger said. “This is out of our scope and ability as educators. That’s why you bring in experts — to make sure everything is done exactly right.

“We are not going to use the facility until we get it fixed.”

Chips of a spray-on material that covers the steel beams above the weight room were found on the floor Monday, perhaps from some type of old insulation, Juenger said.

Staff alerted financial manager Dave Blackburn, who bagged the material and took it to Aries Consulting in Batavia to be tested.

Its lab representatives visited the school Tuesday and Wednesday, and now a team that includes a structural engineer, an environmental consultant and a risk-management insurance adjuster is working on a remediation plan, Juenger said.

The school district, which was closed Thursday for Veterans Day, won’t be given its options until Tuesday at the earliest, he said.

“Best-case scenario, we’ll be out of Lancaster gym all next week,” Juenger said.

In the meantime, the boys varsity basketball team is practicing in the Reagan Middle School gym. A second gym at the high school, known as the “old” gym, and the gym at the Dixon Armory are available to use.

If deemed an emergency repair, money needed to solve the problem will come out of the district’s operation and maintenance fund, Juenger said.

“They said it’s a small job, 50 man-hours to clean up in both balconies, where the steel beams are,” he said.

Asbestos discovered in floor tiles in Fulton High School’s shop classroom on Oct. 9, 2009, cost the district about $100,000 to clean up.…