The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 10, 2008

Board selects architect for AHS project

By Sarah Jane Rosser, Staff Writer

Thursday, October 9, 2008 — Pinnacle Architecture was hired by Stanly County School Board for the Albemarle High School athletic facility project at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

After meeting with MBAJ Architec-ture, the same firm hired for both Locust and Aquadale elementaries’ construction projects, Superintendent Dr. Samuel DePaul found that they were wanting $100,000 more than Pinnacle for the same project.

The project consists of a 5,800-square-foot free standing building and renovations to the inside of the existing gym area for approximately $775,000, depending on what plan is chosen by board members.

The motion to hire Pinnacle passed unanimously, however, there was some discussion on money that has already been spent on this project.

Board member Mike Barbee was hesitant and questioned other board members on how to handle the situation.

“We keep paying for drawings and so far we’ve got nothing,” Barbee said. “Where do we stop? What do we do?”

An excess of $30,000 has been spent for drawings from MBAJ and Russell Design Institute, however, both architectural firms were unable to meet the requirements the board members put forth. One of those requirements was for the project not to exceed $750,000.

Board member Jean Honeycutt said the longer the board waits, the higher the price will be.

“This is not the board’s fault,” Board member Melvin Poole said.

“I’m going to vote to hire the people because it has to be done.”

DePaul said he agreed with Poole that it was not the board’s fault they lost over $30,000.

“It was the architects that weren’t producing,” he said.

“We made a motion to spend $750,000 and we need to hold to that as much as possible,” Poole said.

In other news, board members:

• Discussed construction at Locust and Aquadale elementary schools. Contractors have been continuing work with the contaminated soil issue at Aquadale but are almost done with interior footing. The Locust project was reported as being on schedule, with the foundation complete as well as footing. Floors are to be expected to be poured Friday if weather permits; and

• Discussed renovations at Locust School. DePaul met with the contractors and MBAJ to discuss the replacement of windows, carpet, plywood paneling and exterior doors among other things. The board should have pricing for renovations in a few weeks.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the staff development room at Stanly County Board of Education due to election night.