More details on EASD turf project

By on May 21, 2014

Ephrata Area School District directors met Monday night for a special meeting to take action on a number of upcoming capital projects involving two district elementary schools.
They were also briefed on more details for the proposed turf project at the Ephrata War Memorial Field.
Troop introduced Mark S. Shrift, the landscape architect who is engineering the proposed turf project at Ephrata War Memorial Field. Shrift explained the technology involved in the project and the specifications of the material being called for.
Both Troop and Shrift stressed that in designing the War Memorial project, it was important to design a field that was going to be of “exceptional quality and safety,” and which would be designed to last for a considerable amount of time.
“There are many components which go into such a field,” explained Shrift. “It is not just the carpet which everyone sees but some very specific attention to storm water and drainage beneath the surface.”
Shrift explained how the field designed for the War Memorial Field is a state-of-the-art field incorporating the latest technology and the best available products so that once completed, it will be a field that is above all “optimally safe” for athletes and even marching bands to use. He explained the intricate system of drainage pipe which will lie beneath the surface, covered by a very specific grade of finely crushed stone, a special impact absorbing underlayment mat followed by the turf carpet which is then in-filled with a mix of sand and rubber pellets.
“With all the talk about concussions, even the NFL is talking about adapting a GMAX level of 165 which matches what your field will be,” added Shrift.
GMAX is a special way of measuring surface hardness in relation to sports fields, especially in relation to turf fields. A maximum GMAX of 200 or higher is not acceptable. Generally the higher the number the harder the surface and the less safe the surface.
A key component of the turf field is a resilient shock pad which is installed just beneath the turf carpet. Shrift explained that this pad is reusable so that when the carpet itself needs to be replaced in 15-20 years, the pad will not.
The district expects to open the project to bids next Monday night at the regular school board meeting in hopes of awarding bids in early June so that the project can begin in the near future and be completed this summer.
Bids were awarded for Akron Elementary School kitchen and cafeteria renovation as well as for the new secure vestibule renovation project at the Fulton Elementary School. The total anticipated costs of both projects is $730,624.66.
East Coast Contracting was awarded a contract for the winning bid in the amount of $306,700 for general construction work. Shannon A. Smith was awarded a contract in the amount of $72,225 for mechanical work (HVAC) while S.M. Friday Mechanical Contracting was awarded a plumbing contract for $59,820. Mid State Mechanical and Electrical was awarded a bid for $85,900.
The school board also approved the purchase of kitchen equipment for the Akron Elementary cafeteria project through COSTARS from Clark Food Service Equipment in the amount of $205,979.66.
“We are pleased that the bids are all under our estimates which is a nice surprise,” commented District Superintendent Dr. Brian Troop. “Kristee (Reichard) really led the bulk of the project. Most of this project at Akron is for work in the kitchen.”
Reichard, the District Business Manager, explained that one aspect of the project at Akron is to put windows which had originally been in that area of the Akron school back into place. The goal in putting windows back in that front wall of the school was to bring in the natural sunlight.
Board President Tim Stayer agreed that the move would bring in a lot more light and color into the room.
Reichard also discussed the equipment side of the Akron project. She explained that some of the existing equipment at Akron was still useful and would be transferred to other buildings in the district. Some of the refrigeration units are slated for use at Highland to replace unreliable equipment there. In addition, she pointed out that some of the older equipment is in excess of 30 years old.
“With equipment that old, it’s just time to do something with it,” added Reichard. ‘Of course we will dispose of the old equipment for value.”
Board members voted unanimously in awarding all contracts and approving the equipment purchase.
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