VOL. 112 | NO. 118 | Wednesday, July 8, 1998
By STACEY PETSCHAUER
By STACEY PETSCHAUER
The Daily News
Construction is underway on a $6.4 million renovation project at Klondike Elementary School at 1250 Vollintine.
The project is part of Memphis City Schools Capital Improvement Program, which includes 26 schools and was established primarily to address the needs of schools that have not yet received air conditioning, said Kim Mellecker, senior construction manager at Parsons-Fleming, the firm that is managing the project.
Mellecker said the Klondike project is a renovation of the entire facility and consists of improving four of the schools five existing buildings and removing and replacing the fifth.
"The renovation work is primarily focused on the air conditioning of the building and on ramps and elevators for the disabled, that type of thing," he said.
"And, were also freshening up the facilities new ceilings and lights, flooring and paint."
He said workers have begun demolishing the schools existing heating system and are removing old radiators and pipes.
"Thats been the primary focus, and then theyve completed some mobilization activities setting up office trailers and a storage container so we could clear out the school during the summertime and allow the workers free reign of the whole place," he said.
Mellecker said the project is scheduled to be finished by the start of the 1999-2000 school year. Work on the school will be completed in phases, and during the upcoming school term, crews will work around students.
Workers plan to complete as much of the project as possible during the summers, he said.
Zellner Construction Co. is the general contractor for the project, and Allen & Hoshall is the chief architect on the renovation.
Mellecker said Parsons-Fleming also is managing the other schools included in the Capital Improvement Program.
Verna Lambert, facility planner/coordinator for Memphis City Schools, said the CIP project was funded in 1996 with $100 million from the city of Memphis.
She said a 1994 report indicated the 24 schools that still need air-conditioning were in greatest need of renovation.
"Of the remaining schools, they need the most work done to them," she said. "Along with just putting in central air conditioning, we looked at the issue of bringing the schools up to code new fire alarm systems, new doors, new windows to make the buildings more energy efficient once we install central air."
Mellecker said about 12 of the 26 schools in the program have been scheduled for construction projects. The remaining school projects will be out to bid between now and Christmas, he said.
Of the 26 schools, two are brand new, eight are being replaced, and the remaining 16 will be renovated, he said.
"We want to bring all these schools up to modern standards. The air conditioning was the initial focus, and it somewhat grew from there. We want to bring the schools up to code, so were adding state-of-the-art fire protection systems, alarms and sprinkler systems, and also other improvements."
He said each project will be done in phases, but the current projection for completion of the 26 schools is set for mid-year 2000.