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Architect questions state-issued change

January 29, 2013
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - The new locker rooms and restrooms at Patterson Field should be completed by spring, although members of the school board's buildings and grounds committee meeting met Monday to discuss another change to the plans.

Architect Scott Shepherd addressed the committee about a change order that will be forthcoming at a cost of about $10,000 to install a makeup air unit which is being required by the state.

Shepherd explained afterward that the original drawings did not include the unit because it was believed the building will have sufficient air flow without it.

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Members of the East Liverpool City School Board’s buildings and grounds committee Bob Estell and Scott Dieringer, Superintendent James Herring and Treasurer Todd Puster met Monday with architect Scott Shepherd and Penny Zehnder of A&I Studios to discuss changes to the Patterson Field project. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

In addition to it not being necessary for good air flow, the unit would just be another piece of machinery that would have to be maintained at a cost, Shepherd said.

Nonetheless, the state has now said the unit is needed, so it will have to be added to the visitor's locker room/restroom facility. It will also provide heat for the building.

The home locker room will not require one of the units because it was designed with an air conditioning unit, Shepherd said.

Committee member Scott Dieringer complained having to add the unit at this late date, but Shepherd said, "This is a difference of opinion (between the architect and the state). This is the examiner saying, 'I want this.'"

Dieringer questioned, "When does him saying, 'I want' override necessity, with Shepherd saying the district can appeal the decision, but it would delay the project for months.

Although the school board was to meet immediately after the committee meeting, the change order was not included on the agenda, with officials first wanting their project manager Sam Soward to first look over the changes.

Shepherd said final approval has been approved from the state for the visitors' locker room and he expects final approval for the home locker room "any day."

Currently, the visitors' locker room/restroom facility is about 85 percent complete, with the home locker room facility about 50 percent complete, Shepherd said after the meeting, adding he expects them to be done in the spring.

The committee also toured the boiler room at the Westgate building to discuss needed repairs. At the board meeting that followed, a recommendation to contract with Prout Boiler, Heating & Welding Inc. for replacement/repair of the units was tabled until the Feb. 25 meeting.

Committee chairman Bob Estell said it was decided to first seek some quotes for new boilers before putting $10,000 or more into repairs.



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