Board approves inspection for new middle school

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County School Board unanimously approved awarding a contract for special inspection of the new middle school to Triad Engineering at a special meeting on Thursday.

For a lump sum fee of $150,000, Triad will perform the required inspections and tests on soil and building components while the new school is under construction to ensure that it will meet building requirements.

According to the preliminary schedule, some material delivery and quality control actions will occur in 2015, and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Melody Sheppard said after the meeting that Triad’s inspection work will end in the fall of 2017, when the 20-month construction period has ended and classes will begin.

The School Board interviewed two of four contractors that gave them proposals in June: Triad and ECS Mid-Atlantic. After proposal review, recommendation for Triad was made and Superintendent Greg Drescher will be able to sign the contract.

At the meeting, board member Douglas Rosen emphasized that the lump sum quote from Triad states that the $150,000 will not include time for delays or re-inspection, but expressed confidence in Triad’s competence.

“Not that it’s needed, but I’ve worked with this company and they are top of the line,” he said.

Sheppard echoed that confidence by describing the expertise shown by Triad workers from on-site interactions during the interview process.

The explanation of the board’s action item states that in any case of delays or re-inspection, the fees associated will be forwarded to the contractor.

Construction hasn’t officially started yet, but the Front Royal Planning Commission approved the school site plan at a meeting Wednesday night.

“We are waiting on some permits, and as soon as we get those permits we’ll start construction, start moving some dirt,” Sheppard said after the meeting.

The next permit will come from the Department of Environmental Quality for the school’s stormwater retention plan.

“We crossed one hurdle with the town and we’re just waiting on the DEQ,” she said.

School Board Vice Chair Joanne Cherefko was the only board member not present at the open session of the meeting.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com