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U-46 Board approves two emergency repairs
By Seth Hancock
The Board of Education in School District U-46 unanimously approved of a pair of emergency repair items on work completed in August at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 23.
The items totaled $291,736, both paid for by the operations and maintenance fund, including school gym and cooling tower wall repairs at Bartlett’s Prairieview Elementary School and bulletin board encapsulation repairs at Elgin’s Coleman Elementary School.
The work at Prairieview was performed by IHC Construction Companies at a cost of $253,948.
“During routine tuckpointing at Prairieview Elementary School, it was discovered that the gym and cooling tower walls showed signs of atrophy that required an analysis by a structural engineer,” the proposal stated. “Due to the concerns present, the gym was taken offline the last week of school as a safety precaution while the structural analysis and repair plan were orchestrated.”
The proposal added: “After receipt of the structural report, Plant Operations was able to identify a construction management company who could coordinate the necessary emergency repairs prior to the start of school. These repairs included the removal of the impacted bricks, rebuilding of the cooling tower walls, stabilization of the walls in question, tuckpointing, and painting. These activities were completed according to Plant Operations’ specifications and verified by the structural engineer.”
The work at Coleman was done by Holian Asbestos Removal and Encapsulation at a cost of $37,788.
Work by an outside vendor had been performed at the school and completed in July which resulted in the district being “notified by the Coleman principal and custodian of potential mold on bulletin boards,” the proposal stated.
“Since definitive mold can only be determined through laboratory analysis, a proactive approach was taken with regard to the bulletin boards. Safeguards were implemented to address the identified areas, as well as to mitigate potential future growth throughout the entire building. Thus, all bulletin boards (cork, fiber, etc.) were painted with a microbial paint as an encapsulation method. In order to facilitate the work, the bulletin boards were painted by a licensed environmental contractor, as it is a potential safety hazard,” the proposal states.