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School board tours Marion County Area Technology Center

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By The Staff

The Marion County Board of Education toured the Marion County Area Technology Center last week, which is currently undergoing a $5 million addition/renovation project.

"I wonder what the general public would think if they came up here and could see this?" Board member DeLane Pinkson said after taking a tour of the building. "It's more than I expected."

According to George Birk of RossTarrant Architects, the project is on schedule and it's scheduled to be substantially complete in October, with final completion in November.

The project includes renovating 37,000 square feet of the existing building, together with a full mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrade, as well as window replacements and ADA upgrades. It also includes adding on approximately 10,000 square feet of classroom and lab space, as well as restrooms, to the facility. According to Wayne Keen, transportation and maintenance director, the classrooms and labs for machine tool and welding, along with the new wing, will all be complete by the time school starts next year.

Birk said the structure is about 80 percent complete and under deck and the roof is approximately 60 percent complete. Birk is concerned, however, about the roof system because it has slowly been taking on water since it was repaired after the hailstorm in 2002. The repair after the hailstorm does not appear to have been sufficient. According to Birk, Insulated Roofing is going to do a thermal scan of the roof at no cost to the district and that will help determine what damages might exist.

The board approved two change orders related to the tech center project. One in the amount of $5,311 for the remediation of 113 cubic yards of unsuitable soils and another in the amount of $8,970 for the abatement of asbestos laden material. Miles cast the only no vote.