Green light for $2.26M upgrade at Steele

By Jason Hawk -

A $2.26 million contract with Bay Mechanical & Electrical was signed Monday in a deal that will put a new heating and cooling system in Amherst Steele High School.

The upgrade will be done next summer with an Aug. 10 completion date.

The board of education rejected a bid this past spring that was about $600,000 higher than expected. Only one vendor sought the work at that time.

Three firms put in bids this time around, said district superintendent Steven Sayers, leading to more competitive pricing.

Bay Mechanical is the same company that upgraded HVAC systems at Nord Middle School this summer to the tune of $1.2 million.

The heating and cooling work is wrapped into the funding for construction of a new school on South Lake Street.

Demolition of Harris Elementary and Shupe Elementary, also part of the plan, is underway and should wrap within the next three weeks, Sayers said.

Design of the new PK-3 building, which will take the Powers Elementary name, is continuing. Architects met last Thursday with Powers teacher reps from all grade levels to get feedback.

“The design process is now moving into more specific types of things. For example, student desks, how the classrooms will be arranged, storage, cubbies,” said Sayers.

He called architects “thorough,” “attuned to the needs of the staff,” and “very, very good listeners.”

The school construction project is on track for an August 2019 completion date.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk