HVAC and gym projects, outdoor classrooms on horizon for FCS | news

While a large focus in Fayette County is currently on the construction of Meadow Bridge Regional PK-12 School, Fayette County Schools oversaw several other maintenance projects over the summer and has several more planned this school year.

“We did a lot of maintenance-type projects (over the summer),” said Tim Payton, the school system’s director of operations. Those included sidewalk projects, storage building projects, roofing, painting and others.

Among the pending work projects is a new roof for Valley PK-8 School. That project was recently bid out, and the apparent low bidder was Tri-State Roofing. That work, Payton said, will likely commence next spring.

Also bid out have been HVAC projects for the current, older gymnasiums at Oak Hill and Midland Trail high schools. Tri-State Roofing and Casto Technical are the apparent low bidders for those projects.

“We’re renovating both of those gymnasiums, both existing gyms,” Payton said. Neither has ever had AC in them, and the floors “have been sanded as many times that they can be sanded. It’s time for new floors, time for new bleachers, time for new fixtures (baskets, padding, etc.).”

The general trade packages (plumbing and other components) for those projects were to be bid out on Aug. 18.

The gym HVAC packages at Oak Hill and Midland Trail will occur in the spring, while the major renovation work on the gyms will fall in the spring-summer work window. “Then, we’ll be ready to go for volleyball and cheerleading in the fall,” Payton said. Both schools already having auxiliary gyms in place is a plus, he said.

Also on the agenda for the fall are six outdoor classroom packages across the county, which have already been bid.

They will be at Valley and Fayetteville PK-8, Midland Trail, and three on the Oak Hill campus. At Oak Hill, one classroom will serve New River Intermediate and the Fayette Institute of Technology, another will be shared between Oak Hill Middle and New River Primary, ad Oak Hill High School will be served by the third one.

“We also plan to do an outdoor classroom space here on this campus (Meadow Bridge), but it’s not part of that package just because of where we are with construction here,” said Payton.

Work on the outdoor classrooms will begin this fall.

“We’re just excited about all the renovation work we’ve been able to do and construction we’ve been able to do and keep moving forward with our maintenance plans,” Payton said. “It’s nice to have that going on right now in the county.”

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