POTTSTOWN PA – Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates, the Mechanicsburg PA architectural firm that is being used extensively for renovations of and additions to buildings in the Pottstown School District, has been hired by the neighboring Pottsgrove School District to study and make recommendations on proposed structural upgrades to Pottsgrove High School, Kauffman Road.
The Pottsgrove Board of School Directors approved a contract during its May 8 (2012; Tuesday) meeting, hiring the firm to review the high school “building envelope.” The value of the contract is $3,500, according to the district.
Directors in late March approved a $9,102 contract with Moore Engineering Company of Lancaster PA to study the high school’s mechanical and support systems. The separate contract with Crabtree is intended primarily to address issues with the building’s roof and other structural elements, Director of Facilities and Physical Plants Michael Katzenmoyer said earlier.
The board’s Building Committee has been made aware during the past two or more years of the growing need for repairs at the high school, which was last renovated and expanded during 1996. Following a September 2011 meeting, then-committee Chairman Fred Remelius reported the necessary repairs might cost between $4 and $8 million, depending on the work proposed and the time over which it would be completed.
At the time, Remelius suggested, the expense might be covered by a combination of existing capital funds and potential surplus money remaining from the reconstruction of Ringing Rocks Elementary School. However, reimbursement by the state Education Department of some of those costs has been delayed for at least 12 months, and possibly longer, due to budget cuts.