Fayette school construction update 11.21

Written by David Green.

Gorham Fayette school board members heard some good news Monday from Buehrer Group architect Jim Price—news to the tune of a quarter million dollars.

Bids were opened last week for six purchases and based on the low bids submitted, the total of all packages came in at $263,000 below the published estimates, Price said.

The next step is to meet with the low bidders to examine their offers in detail.

The bids included equipment for the elementary school playground, networking, telephone system, video, library furnishings and miscellaneous loose furnishings.

Price updated the board on the continuing quandary regarding water flow for the new school’s fire suppressant system.

After the village obtained a flow rate of 650 gallons a minute on Rehn Drive—checking at a hydrant on the water line leading to the new school—the Buehrer Group hired a Toledo firm for third party verification. The results were better yet.

A flow of 692 gallons was obtained, exceeding the 648 required, yet a test at the school yielded a flow of only 517 gallons a minute.

At this point, there’s no explanation about why the flow is dropping so much in the thousand feet to the school. Some degree of change would be expected over that distance, Price said, and Ts and 90° turns could reduce it additionally.

Engineers will analyze the system to see if the loss makes sense, he said.

“We need to get an answer here one way or the other very soon,” Price said.

An alternative such as a water storage tank may still have to be used.

Construction administrator Eric Wiemken told the board that all interior block work is complete and all concrete has been poured. Drywall has been hung in the office area and painting has begun in the elementary gymnasium and classrooms.

The entire school grounds have been seeded with the exception of the areas close to the building. That will wait for spring when a landscape bid will be sought.

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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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