Roof work at Meriden elementary schools nearing completion

June 27, 2014

Members of the School Building Committee unanimously approved measures Thursday to close out roof replacement projects at Nathan Hale and Israel Putnam schools, including spending $5,500 to remove asbestos.

Architect Robert Andrade said the budget for the Nathan Hale work included a hazardous materials survey, but no money for removal.

The survey, completed on May 13, found about 250 square feet of roofing material over the school’s boiler room comprised of 3 percent asbestos.

“There’s a certain way that needs to be dealt with,” Andrade said.

The roofing project at Israel Putnam should be complete by early July, said Architect Thomas Hibbard.

Hibbard said there are a few minor items that will be completed in the next week, including two leaks between the roof and the interior ceiling.

The building committee also approved a series of change orders for the Maloney High School construction project, including the addition of a second wireless internet line, giving the new school 118 wireless hot spots.

“The technology from the original design has changed since it was drafted,” said building committee consultant Glen Lamontagne.

The committee also approved installing a $95,000 irrigation system at Maloney to replace an existing one.

“If we don’t have an irrigation system, we’re going to lose our baseball field, our field hockey field, our football field, our soccer field; essentially I’m asking this committee to save our fields here,” said Assistant Superintendent Michael Grove.

O&G Industries Project Manager David Cravanzola said that starting this week, a second shift of electricians will be added to the Platt High School construction project.

This will supplement weekend shifts already occurring on the site.

This is to complete rooftop utilities, which would provide permanent power to the building.

“This is the key to opening up this building on time,” Cravanzola said. “Without this, you have a complete building with no permanent power.”

The goal is to have power on by July 21, he added.

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