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Phase one at Ripley Central to cost nearly $2 million

March 27, 2014
By David Prenatt - Correspondant , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

RIPLEY - Phase one of a capital project at Ripley Central School is expected to cost nearly $2 million, board of education members learned Thursday, March 20.

Ron Kessler, of the Jamestown architectural firm Sandberg Kessler, presented preliminary figures for a proposed capital project to the board at its regular meeting. Phase one, which focuses mainly on maintenance issues, should cost around $1.9 million, he said.

Some of the major tasks of the facilities reconstruction project include replacing part of the roof; paving and sidewalk renewal; re-pointing the outside of the brick structure to seal the building; woodwork in the old library and replacing the 1968 boiler.

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Ron Kessler, of the Jamestown architectural firm, Sandberg Kessler, presents preliminary figures for a reconstruction project to members of the Ripley Central School Board of Education.

Total reconstruction should cost approximately $1.6 million, Kessler said. The firm added another $300,000 for incidentals.

Kessler said that these figures are preliminary and were based on some square footage estimates, historical data and "professional judgment." If the board and the voters approve the project, the firm will develop exact figures. "We're going to know if we're going to be over the $2 million before we go to bid stage," he said.

Kessler laid out a project timeline for If the board sets the vote date for May 20, the firm will have the necessary 45 days to advertise it. If voters accept the project it will enter the design development phase. In 10 weeks time, the proposal can be submitted to the state office of facilities planning. There it will remain for at least six months, Kessler said, because of caseload that the office has.

If all goes well, the project should go out for bid in early February, Kessler said, with contracts being awarded in mid-March. "Hopefully, we can start work at the end of the school year," he said.

A public presentation of the project is scheduled for May 8.



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