War Memorial bathroom project approved

By on April 29, 2015

War EndzoneThe Ephrata Area School Board on Monday approved the second part of the War Memorial Field upgrade project.

It approved contract bids totaling $800,846 to upgrade the War Memorial bathroom building.

The bids still require a surety bond review and the green light from the district’s solicitor.

The project follows the War Memorial complex synthetic turf surface installation completed in September.

“It has greatly contributed to this prominent Ephrata landmark, now able to serve even more students and community members,” said Brian Troop, Ephrata superintendent.

The final phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in August 2015.

Plans for the facility include 11 men’s and 19 women’s bathroom fixtures, a family restroom, and a trainers’ and first-aid station.

The number of bathroom fixtures is calculated and mandated by the state based upon the size of the complex, according to the district.

As a cost-saving measure, it applied for a waiver and was approved to decrease the original required quantity.

A breakdown of the plan includes four separate building contracts. The largest is for the general contractor, Uhrig Construction Inc. of Reading, for $572,000, or 71 percent of the total cost.

Others approved Monday were a plumbing contract for $119,263 to Ames Construction of Ephrata; a HVAC contract for $28,900 to Myco Mechanical Inc. of Telford; and an electrician contractor contract for $80,683 to McCarty & Son Inc. of Ephrata.

The bathroom project includes a secured storage area, electrical room, new paving, handicap accessibility compliant with ADA standards, and several outside water fountains.

The construction timeline is expected to run from around June 1 through Aug. 17 to allow ample time for the start of 2015 fall sports practices.

The project first gained momentum in December 2013 when Troop announced that an anonymous donor was willing to pledge $1 million toward a possible turf project at the War Memorial Field.

That project ended up costing about $1.5 million with the district’s portion ending up at about $500,000.

But like that project, Ephrata is looking to raise funds for the bathroom project through private donations. It’s offering these donation incentives:

  • Mountaineer Pride $5,000

An aluminum plaque engraved with a donor’s name displayed at the main entrance.

  • Ephrata Pride $500

A paver engraved with a donor’s name included near the main entrance.

  • Purple $50

A yard sign announcing a donor’s name in support of the project.

  • Gold $10

A Mountaineer Pride license plate .

These are tax-deductible donations. For more information go to www.easdpa.org.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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