• Work gets underway on capital projects

    High School The Upper St. Clair School Board approved a proposal from Professional Service Industries, Inc. for geotechnical services estimated at nearly $12,950. The action was taken during the school board’s May 8 meeting.

    PSI, a Green Tree-based consulting engineering and testing firm, will conduct boring samples of the soil at the site of the proposed community complex and swimming pool projects as well as the adjacent area – all located on the Upper St. Clair High School campus. 

    In addition, the school district is currently seeking construction management services for the community complex and swimming pool projects. The school board will likely approve a construction manager in June.

    In March, the school board approved its ad hoc committee’s final report and authorized McLean Architects to continue the design development, construction documents and construction phase administration for capital projects that include: 
    • Construction of new 8-lane pool at the high school
      • Consideration of a separate Diving Well / Special Use Pool, to be bid as an add alternate or delete to the project
    • Construction of a multi-use complex at the high school stadium, to include:
      • Home and visitor-side bleacher repair/renovation 
      • ADA compliant restroom facilities, ticket booth, concession area, announcing facilities
      • Multi-use space available for school district and community use
      • District Administrative Office space within the complex
    • Completion of Boyce Athletic Field facilities
      • A single structure to include rest rooms/changing area, concession area and announcing booth
    The ad hoc committee’s recommendation also includes the removal of a pedestrian bridge at the high school and repaving of the high school’s parking lot at the conclusion of the project. 

    Under the anticipated timeline, construction could begin in the spring of 2018 with an estimated completion in August 2019. 

    The estimated cost for all of the projects totals $16 million. The potential effect on property taxpayers is spread out over two years with a tentative 0.15 mill tax increase in 2018-19 and a tentative 0.16 mill tax increase in 2019-20. Anticipated additional revenue from new commercial and residential developments could mitigate some of the anticipated increase.