South Charlotte schools receive major facelifts

by Morgan Smith

While kids are out for summer leaving school buildings across the district empty, area paint crews, contractors and construction workers are hitting south Charlotte campuses for some major and minor repairs and improvements.

At McClintock Middle School, crews are working hard on a $17.6 million school replacement project that should be ready for occupancy before school starts August 2013. Phil Berman, CMS executive director for building services, said right now, the new building should be finished in May 2013.

“We basically like for new schools to be finished around May so we have time to (check for) and resolve any problems before we occupy the building,” he said.

Besides continuing construction on McClintock, several other schools also are getting some major facelifts, including a $1.7 million expansion and renovation of the gymnasium at Alexander Graham Middle School and a $700,000 full-scale parking lot project at South Mecklenburg High School.

Also across the district, 14 schools will receive new playground equipment including Olde Providence Elementary. The school’s parent-teacher group has fought for the past several years for new equipment. Many school playgrounds will receive maintenance and repairs.

Berman said this year CMS has opted to incorporate a better playground inspection process, hiring four nationally certified playground inspectors.

“I’ve been working with my staff on this. That’s an area we’ve been working on for years and I’m happy that we finally have that in place,” he said. “Children do some risky things on playgrounds.”

Many schools have or will receive other routine maintenance projects such as ductwork cleaning, floor refinishing and some lighting repairs.

Berman said this summer CMS is spending $14 million across the district on maintenance alone, more than double last year’s cost because of some capital investment funds.

“Ultimately, you want to maintain your equipment so you get the full life out of your equipment. It’s just a good thing to do,” Berman said in a previous interview about the routine maintenance projects.

The following projects are expected to finish prior to school starting late August. Berman said the district hopes to have projects completed before school starts in order to test and verify that new equipment and construction are sound and working properly, with the exception of the new McClintock.

 

Editor’s note: CMS did not provide total cost or specific costs for every project. Some projects are not broken down between schools, but rather the district as a whole.

 

Ardrey Kell High School

• HVAC mechanical cleaning and indoor air–quality improvement project – $36,480

• Video surveillance project – $31,563

• Football lighting and seating inspections and repairs

 

East Mecklenburg High School

• Football lighting and seating inspections and repairs

 

Myers Park High School

• Football bleacher repairs and demolition – $13,760

• Boiler replacement project – $85,596

• Door replacement project

• Environmental (ACM) abatement project – $38,000

• Football lighting and seating inspections and repairs

• Carpet replacement flooring project

 

Providence High School

• Boiler replacement project – $42,204

• Hot water system replacement project (field house) – $39,558

• Several door replacements – $1,946

• Football lighting inspections and repairs

 

South Mecklenburg High School

• Parking lot and storm water detention improvement project on track for August 2012 completion – $700,000

• Video surveillance replacement and repair – $18,010

• Track repair project – $47,350

 

Alexander Graham Middle School

• Expansion and renovation of the gymnasium on track for August 2012 completion – $1,700,000

• Boiler replacement project – $22,171

 

Carmel Middle School

• No renovations planned

 

Community House Middle School

• HVAC mechanical equipment cleaning and indoor air-quality improvement project – $16,224

 

Crestdale Middle School

• HVAC mechanical equipment cleaning and indoor air–quality improvement project – $15,264

• Gymnasium floor refinishing

 

Jay M. Robinson Middle School

• Mechanical cleaning – $14,992

 

McClintock Middle School

• Construction of replacement facility is on track for occupancy August of 2013 – $17,600,000

 

Quail Hollow Middle School

• Boiler repair project – $9,705

 

Randolph Middle School

• No renovations planned

 

South Charlotte Middle School

• No renovations planned

 

Ballantyne Elementary School

• No renovations planned

 

Beverly Woods Elementary School

• Major building and energy management control project – $277,800

• Stage curtain replacement project

 

Chantilly Montessori School

• No renovations planned

 

Collinswood Language Academy

• ADA Playground Upgrade – $3,013.81

 

Cotswold Elementary School

• No renovations planned

 

Eastover Elementary School

• No renovations planned

 

Elizabeth Lane Elementary School

• Two new playgrounds (kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade) – $65,786

• Parking lot lighting conversion to induction

 

Endhaven Elementary School

• HVAC mechanical cleaning and indoor air-quality-management project – $11,232

 

Greenway Park Elementary School

• New playground equipment (kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade) – $65,786

• Interior and exterior painting – $59,000

 

Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School

• HVAC replacement project (evaporator coil) – $5,751

• Flooring replacement

 

Lansdowne Elementary School

• Replacement of one chiller and major repair of another – $66,021

• ADA Accessibility to stage project

• ADA Playground Upgrade – $263.87

 

McAlpine Elementary School

• Playground replacement project (kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade) – $62,786

• Flooring project

 

McKee Road Elementary School

• No renovations planned

 

Monclaire Elementary School

• No renovations planned

 

Myers Park Traditional School

• Boiler replacement project – $47,451

 

Olde Providence Elementary School

• Playground replacement project (Kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade) – $62,786

 

Park Road Montessori School

• No renovations planned

 

Polo Ridge Elementary School

• No renovations planned

 

Providence Spring Elementary School

• Boiler replacement project – $43,622

• Admin Hall carpet repair project

 

Rama Road Elementary School

• No renovations planned

 

Sharon Elementary School

• No renovations planned

 

Selwyn Elementary School

• Boiler replacement project – $49,551

 

Smithfield Elementary School

• ADA repairs q

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