School board picks contractor for renovations

June 09, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

A Frederick County contractor has been selected to provide extensive site work and building renovations to Taneytown Elementary School.

The Carroll County School Board awarded the $5.4 million general contract to Morgan-Keller Inc., which has worked on several other school projects.

"They will be completing on-site improvements such as parking spaces and a bus loop," Dr. Lester Surber, supervisor of school facilities and planning, said after yesterday's school board meeting.

"And there's the addition of 34,000 square feet of space to the building and renovations to the existing building."

Dr. Surber said the school system and Taneytown city officials are working to have water lines extended to the school, plus make improvements to a small bridge and 1,000 feet of Trevanion Road.

"There will be separate design and construction for the project, and we expect the project to be bid and awarded in the spring 1995," Mr. Surber said. "Hopefully, it will be completed by July 1995, when the school work is done."

The renovations and construction will make Taneytown Elementary School a state-of-the-art educational facility, Mr. Surber said.

The school will get a structural overhaul, with the heating and air-conditioning, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems being replaced.

Classrooms will be carpeted, computer cables will be wired into the building and the existing structure itself will undergo extensive demolition, Mr. Surber said.

The project, which the contractor will begin immediately, is expected to be completed in July 1995.

The Taneytown elementary students, now housed at Northwest Middle School, will return to the newly refurbished building by the start of the 1995-96 school year.

The school board will discuss the Oklahoma Road Middle and Elmer Wolfe Elementary school projects at 8 a.m. June 29 in Room 271 of the Court House Annex.

The county commissioners last month approved $5.6 million to begin work on the $12 million Oklahoma Road school near Sykesville.

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