Structural concerns delay wall repair at Nixon Centre

Concerns that heavy scaffolding may put part of the Nixon Centre roof at risk of collapse has put a planned metal wall panel installation on hold.

Superintendent Evan Horton said the school system consulted with engineers after an unpredictable leak became apparent in the shop area of the performing arts center, which was reroofed as part of a recent large-scale renovation.

The school system had planned to install metal cladding on the fly loft area of the building, but engineers said the project required scaffolding that would likely be too heavy for the roof to support.

“In order to try to complete those repairs, the scaffolding that they were going to need to use would have put the remainder of the roof structure there at risk of collapse due to the weight of it,” Horton told the Coweta County County Board of Education at its February meeting. “When an engineer tells you (that), it’s probably not a good idea to do it.”

Facilities Director Ronnie Cheek said in the years prior to the renovation, birds damaged the exterior walls of the Nixon Centre and caused water intrusion problems. Cheek said the only leak since the re-roofing and renovations has been in the shop area.

Facilities workers can continue to make repairs as necessary to the existing exterior of the fly loft, using ladders, until the project can resume, he said.

“It’s going to be an issue of just looking at an alternative method to coat the building,” Cheek told the board.

Horton’s February facilities construction report also included:

Northgate High School Renovations & Modifications – MEJA Construction

Contract Amount: $12,904,551

Paid to Date: $10,682,049.45

Contingency Change Orders: 42.55 percent

Remaining Contingency: $178,439

● Work is substantially completed on the ninth grade building, with the exception of the

office area, which will be completed summer 2022.

● Punch list work is proceeding on the ninth grade building.

● Work in the 200 north hall will begin over winter break.

● Final completion of renovations and modifications is scheduled for July 2022.

Northgate High School Addition – MEJA Construction

Contract Amount: $10,244,777

Paid to Date: $5,975,567.15

Contingency Change Orders: 16.12 percent

Remaining Contingency: $199,799.

● Installation of roof panels is near completion.

● Canopy footings have been installed and erection of canopy framing is underway.

● Grading for sidewalks is underway.

● The contractor is awaiting delivery of exterior wall panels.

● Electrical wiring and installation of electrical panels is proceeding.

● Some exterior HVAC units are on site.

● Interior painting is proceeding.

● Installation of ceiling grid is underway.

● Project completion is scheduled for June 2022.

Northgate High School Parking Lot Addition – MEJA Construction

Contract Amount: $260,000

Paid to Date: $246,287.50

Contingency Change Orders: 1.34 percent

● Work is substantially complete on this project.

● Awaiting final closeout documents.

Blake Bass Middle School – J&R Construction Company

Contract Amount: $33,525,597.41

Paid to Date: $30,849,702.62

Contingency Change Orders: -30.86 percent

Remaining Contingency: $483,792.61

● This project is substantially completed.

● Completion of punch list items is proceeding.

Elementary school renovations and modifications, Phase I

Arnall Middle, Jefferson Parkway Elementary, Thomas Crossroads Elementary,

Newnan Crossing Elementary – Torrance Construction Co.

Contract Amount: $9,598,600.00

Paid to Date: $9,118,496.00

Change Orders: 0.88 percent

● These projects are substantially complete.

● Awaiting final pay requests.

Reroofing, White Oak Elementary – Meja Construction Co

Contract Amount: $1,079,00

Paid to Date: $1,028,711.30

Change Orders: 0.36 percent

● All roof work is substantially complete.

● Repair of landscape areas has been completed.

● Awaiting closeout documentation and final pay request.

Reroofing, Ruth Hill Elementary – Ben Hill Roofing

Contract Amount: $665,795

Paid to Date: $592,217.50

Change Orders: -1.05 percent

● All roof work is substantially complete.

● Punch list items are being addressed.

CEC Gym HVAC – Torrance Construction Co.

Contract Amount: $263,236

Paid to Date: $183,694

Change Orders: 0 percent

● The remaining electrical equipment shipped earlier this month.

● The HVAC units was provided with temporary power until the new electrical

equipment was delivered.

● Installation of exterior ductwork is complete.

● Sock duct has been installed inside the gym.

● Completion of exterior ductwork and trim work is complete.

CEC (Cougar Village) Temporary Canopies – Starnes Contracting Co.

Contract Amount: $280,280.69

Paid to Date: $90,821.05

Change Orders: 0 percent

● All framing and roof panels have been installed.

● The contractor is installing missing clips and hangers.

● Final inspections were scheduled earlier this month.

Newnan High School Gym Renovations – Torrance Construction Co.

Contract Amount: $1,608,235

Paid to Date: $1,443,685

Change Orders: 0.62 percent

● Some exterior light fixtures remain to be installed.

● Awaiting delivery of some fire alarm and sound system components.

Newnan High School Replacement Facilities – Architect: Southern A&E

● Demolition is scheduled to begin May 2022.

● Project completion is scheduled for summer 2024.