Archive for Thursday, August 11, 2005

Maintenance crews put schools back in shape

August 11, 2005

Students and staff returning to Lansing schools this fall will find the buildings almost like new, thanks to district maintenance crews.

Dale Bohannon, director of building and grounds for Lansing School District, said the crews are finishing up with the routine maintenance performed during the summer months, and they have finished a few larger projects, too.

Bohannon said that all the rooms in all of the schools received a "deep clean," which means all locker rooms, kitchens, classrooms and bathrooms were cleaned "top to bottom."

"It's a major project every summer," he said.

Additionally, all of the floors were stripped and rewaxed, which is performed every summer. Another annual task for maintenance crews is striping the football and soccer fields.

This summer, the Sallie Zoll and elementary school buildings were repainted by Prism paint crews from Lansing Correctional Facility. Bohannon said the buildings are on a rotation, and one school gets painted every summer. Next year, the high school will be painted, he said.

The crews also took on a few larger projects this year. Bohannon said the elementary school building received some roof work, which was done in-house. The school's rubberized roof was about 15 years old, Bohannon estimated, and was in "pretty good shape" except that some seams were pulling. To get a new roof would cost about $260,000 to $270,000, Bohannon said.

Instead of having that done, he said his crews power-washed the roof and then applied a base coat and seal coat to renew the roof. He said the work should hold up for about seven to 10 years.

The in-house job took about two weeks, and only cost the district about $25,000 for materials, Bohannon said.

District crews undertook a few special projects at the high school this summer. They refinished the high school gym floor, which had been damaged during winter break by a broken water main pipe. They also increased the classroom size of the woodshop by removing a storeroom, and replaced a waterline for a drinking fountain near the baseball and practice football fields.

Two parking lots were repaired this summer. The project went to McConnell and Associates of Kansas City, Mo., which was the low bidder. Bohannon said the firm seal-coated and restriped the high school and middle school parking lots, and sealed cracks on all of the school parking lots with hot rubber.

The jobs took about a week, he said.

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