MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Residents using the town pool at Hommocks Middle School this summer have had to find parking elsewhere while crews reconstruct the district-owned parking lot.
The construction, which is one of two ongoing projects at the school, is replacing the existing parking lot while adding all new curbs and sidewalks.
"That is directly related to safety concerns in terms of the pedestrian walkways of the students and public," said Robert Shaps, superintendent of schools. "Part of that is where our community members enter for the pool."
Years of wear and tear created uneven and cracked sidewalks, which could present a danger to both students and the public.
"The idea is it just had to get done," Shaps said. "So, we replaced the concrete and curbing and we improved the parking lot area. A lot of it has been a combination of wear and tear and just mother nature."
The Mamaroneck School District contracted Fourmen Construction Inc. for several projects, including the Hommocks parking lot, which is estimated to cost $682,900. The district transferred a fund balance of $2.3 million from the 2010-2011 budget to a capital expense for the 2011-2012 budget for emergency repairs such as this.
"The soil underneath it was no good," said Robert Seckler, senior vice president of Fourmen Construction Inc., whose crew dug out and replaced 24 inches of soil.
Seckler's crew began work soon after the contract was awarded July 1, but had already spent a few weeks at Hommocks on another project that began in the summer of 2010 and continued this summer beginning June 18.
The two-phase project, which is estimated to be complete in 10 days, upgraded the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units in all four pods. The crew completed the north and south pods last summer and the east and west pods this summer.
"The core components of the plan were broken into two phases given the magnitude and size of the project," Shaps said. "It was an upgrade of our HVAC systems, wiring and plumbing and certainly has improved the overall facility as far as long-term repairs that will make a difference over time."
Fourmen Construction Inc. also replaced all 80,000 square feet of ceiling tiles, which was done over the course of the two phases.
District-wide building upgrades and renovations have been ongoing since last summer. Fire alarm upgrades, sidewalk and curb repair, duct, ceiling and lighting installation are still ongoing at Central School. As of July 1, the district had committed $20,557,035 of the $22,064,955 construction bond. An updated progress report is expected in the coming weeks, Shaps said.Check back for further updates as the new school year approaches.
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