• June 20, 2017
    PJ Dick appointed construction manager
    for capital projects

    Rendering The Upper St. Clair School Board approved PJ Dick to serve as construction manager for the district’s approved capital projects. The contract, which totals $421,069, was approved at the board’s meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

    Board members cited PJ Dick’s previous experience with the Upper St. Clair as well as its successful involvement with several swimming facilities as rationale for their support. The company served as project manager for the duration of the renovation projects at Boyce and Fort Couch middle schools as well as the high school.

    As construction manager, officials from PJ Dick will work cooperatively with the district’s architects at McLean Architects LLC to develop and review construction documents and bidding specifications, review responsive bids and provide day-to-day, on-site supervision of the projects.

    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, the projects will go out to bid as early as December 2017. Construction will likely 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.