Re­pair costs re­duced by $358K

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Denise Larive For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Phase one re­pairs to the for­mer Birds­boro El­e­men­tary Cen­ter are now es­ti­mated at $600,000, said James R. Thomp­son, pres­i­dent of Thomp­son As­so­ci­ates Ar­chi­tects and Plan­ners, Har­ris­burg.

That is a de­crease of $358,000 from the es­ti­mate he pre­sented to the Daniel Boone School Board on May 14.

To­tal phase one costs were $958,000, and the to­tal project cost was $2.4 mil­lion.

The Daniel Boone Area School Board voted in June to close the school be­cause of to low en­roll­ment.

In­stead of spend­ing $69,473 to study the build­ing’s cap­i­tal needs and de­ter­mine fu­ture re­pair costs, the board ap­proved in Jan­uary to not ex­ceed

$30,000 to study the build­ing’s ma­sonry for fu­ture re­pair costs.

Roger Derr, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of the ma­sonry restora­tion com­pany, The Wit­mer Group, Mt. Joy, Lan­caster County, and Josh Car­ney, pres­i­dent of the Car­ney En­gi­neer­ing Group Inc., York, stud­ied the build­ing’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing ma­sonry and struc­tural in­tegrity.

The build­ing’s ma­sonry is­sues be­gan with wa­ter in­fil­tra­tion through un­se­cured win­dows and cracks in the ma­sonry.

That re­sulted in ad­di­tional ma­sonry crack­ing and de­te­ri­o­ra­tion that also rusted the build­ing’s steel beams.

The ma­jor restora­tion projects in­clude re-caulk­ing many of the win­dows and doors, re­plac­ing brick ve­neer and re­lief irons, re­point­ing ex­ist­ing ve­neer, re­plac­ing the flash­ing, re­pair­ing win­dow jambs, re­mov­ing some orig­i­nal ma­sonry and re­mov­ing and re­plac­ing dam­aged brick.

Other is­sues in­clude mold re­me­di­a­tion, up­dat­ing the build­ing’s en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trols, and in­stalling ADA com­pli­ant doors and an el­e­va­tor.

Af­ter re­quest­ing from Thomp­son in May a list of “pri­or­ity” re­pairs, he re­turned to the board in June with the es­ti­mate of $150,000 to $200,000 to seal and win­ter­ize the build­ing.

Thomp­son’s other phase one re­pairs in­clude restor­ing the gym ($403,000), and the east and north (up­per) fa­cades of the class­room wing ($555,000).

Thomp­son has now es­ti­mated phase one re­pairs to cost $600,000.

The board said at its Oct. 8 meet­ing that it will vote on Oct. 22 for Thomp­son to pre­pare bid specs to bid out the project in March.

Fol­low­ing that time­line, con­struc­tion work would be­gin in May.

“We will ad­just the scope of what we’re do­ing [in fu­ture phases] based on phase one,” said Thomp­son, adding, “The more we open up on the walls, the more we’ll learn.”

Phase two is to re­store the fa­cades of the rest of the class­room wing (west and south fa­cades), es­ti­mated at $742,000.

Phase three is to re­store the re­main­ing fa­cades (sin­gle story wings around the build­ing’s perime­ter), es­ti­mated at $694,000.

Thomp­son said a fu­ture build­ing ten­ant may pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance with re­pairs or ren­o­va­tions.

Devin Blanken­biller, pas­tor of Abun­dant Life Church, 144 S. Wal­nut St., Birds­boro, said his con­gre­ga­tion will vote Oct. 21 on the pre­lim­i­nary plan to lease some rooms two days a week.

The rooms would be used for weekly wor­ship and church meet­ings.

Busi­ness Man­ager Kath­leen Haines said the monthly rent would be $1,800 plus snow re­moval costs.

Blanken­biller said the church would add value to the build­ing by ren­o­vat­ing bath­rooms, paint­ing rooms, and in­stalling new floor­ing.


The last day for stu­dents in the Birds­boro El­e­men­tary Cen­ter was June 12, 2018.

Re­pairs to the closed Birds­boro El­e­men­tary Cen­ter will cost less than Daniel Boone School Dis­trict of­fi­cials an­tic­i­pated.

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