Posted on October 12, 2021 2:45 p.m.
The Northern Lehigh School District plans to upgrade middle school cuisine.
With 7-0 the school board on Monday agreed to the call for proposals for a potential agreement on guaranteed energy savings for precisely this purpose.
That decision was made after the McClure Company’s Alyssa Wingenfield submitted a design evaluation.
Wingenfield said the existing equipment in the middle school kitchen was at the end of its life; the district has announced its desire to increase staff gap to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19; and there are HVAC comfort concerns as Peters is the only building in the district without an HVAC upgrade (1990 fittings).
She said the project goals include upgrading the existing food service and HVAC equipment; Reconfiguring utility lines to improve flow; Improvement of the room functionality with washroom, changing room and office areas; and if it is financially feasible, improve the aesthetics by replacing tiles, flooring, paint and ceiling.
Wingenfield informed the board that there are three options:
• Option 1 is to demolish the obsolete kitchen appliances and appliances that are no longer used by the district and install new appliances. The budgeted project cost is $ 336,000.
• Option 2 would be the demolition of obsolete kitchen appliances and appliances that are no longer used by the district; install new kitchen appliances; install new HVAC equipment; Reconfigure serving line; cosmetic upgrades limited to replacing ceiling, flooring, patches, and paint on the serving line and around the base of steam tables; and remove partition and install license window. The budgeted project cost would be between $ 531,000 and $ 759,000.
• Option 3 is to demolish old equipment and equipment that is no longer used by the district; install new kitchen appliances; install new HVAC equipment; Reconfigure serving line; Remove partition and install concession window; Remove and discard the existing washing machine and dryer unit and replace it with a stacking unit in the janitor’s cabinet; install five lockers in the office; Remove the toilet to accommodate wall, door and plumbing fixtures; and full cosmetic upgrades, including full replacement of tile floors, colors and ceilings. The budgeted project cost would be $ 931,000.
Wingenfield said next steps would be the call for proposals (required for federal ESSER funding) in October-November; Take action in the form of a project award at the board meeting on December 6th; and start major construction between June and August.
The deputy superintendent Dr. Tania Stoker said the district had just over $ 700,000 in ESSER 2 funding for this project.
Chairman of the Board Gary Fedorcha and Director Robert Kern were absent.