Repairs begin on school

Travis Huppert, the on-site superintendent for The Neenan Company, points out some of the preparations made at the school to Meeker superintendent of schools Susan Goettel and Meeker Elementary School principal Jason Hightower. The Neenan Company started the repair work Wednesday and expect them to be completed by July 2012. A presentation of the completed and approved reconstruction plans for the Meeker Elementary School will be given at the regular school board meeting Tuesday Feb. 7, in the high school cafeteria at 7 p.m.
Travis Huppert, the on-site superintendent for The Neenan Company, points out some of the preparations made at the school to Meeker superintendent of schools Susan Goettel and Meeker Elementary School principal Jason Hightower. The Neenan Company started the repair work Wednesday and expect them to be completed by July 2012. A presentation of the completed and approved reconstruction plans for the Meeker Elementary School will be given at the regular school board meeting Tuesday Feb. 7, in the high school cafeteria at 7 p.m.

MEEKER I A special meeting was called Monday, Jan. 30 for superintendent Susan Goettel to inform the board that the addendum had been negotiated and a draft budget prepared by Jim West of Vanir (the Meeker School District’s owner’s representative), including the additional cost to the district.
With the contract addendum signed and the inventory and protection of carpet and fixtures still in the Meeker Elementary School completed Wednesday, The Neenan Company began repairs Feb. 1.
Repairs were not to begin until the school board was presented with the additional costs (verified by an independent estimator) the district will incur because of the change in seismic classification. The geotech company Terracon originally classified the soils as class C but recent seismic and soils tests conducted by CTL-Thompson determined part of the building was on Class D soils and part on Class C.  Structural design adjustments because of the seismic results were made by SCI and the additional costs are the responsibility of the school district.
According to West’s draft titled, “Meeker ES Seismic Cost Budget” the district will be responsible for an additional $122,985 of repairs to be performed by The Neenan Company because of the seismic results. West’s draft also showed the district paying CTL-Thompson $31,498 for the seismic and soils tests, $39,840 to SCI for the structural design and observation of repairs and $22,333 for owner’s rep fees from his company Vanir, for a total of $224,156, which included testing and inspection costs of $1,500 and an owner’s contingency of $5,000.
According to Goettel, the district has $348,102 left in the construction budget of the $24 million bond passed more than three years ago.
“We’ve installed protection materials in most of the school and are ready to work,” Travis Huppert, the on-site superintendent for The Neenan Company, told the board.
Meeker Elementary School principal Jason Hightower asked about the schedule for completion of the repairs and was told by Stewart a Phase I move-in is scheduled for July 9 and everyone should be back in the building by Aug. 6. Goettel said The Neenan Company would assist the district with the move back into the building.