continued “The most important thing is that this summer, NEP Glass, the primary contractor on the project, is going to repair the exterior walls of the building so that it meets our specifications,” Keegan said. “Then we won’t need the wind emergency plan.”
Separate repairs were completed to the walls in 2009.
An additional $58,919.75 will be paid to NEP once the remediation work is completed. Once the issue was discovered, the district halted payment to NEP.
The district signed and accepted the settlement on Dec. 1, while NEP accepted it on Feb. 22.
NEP will complete the reconstruction between June 25 and Aug. 15, while students are on summer break, under the guidance of structural engineer David DeSutter of EFCO Corp. They are also required to provide a one-year installation warranty, while EFCO will provide a two-year warranty.
“At the end of the day, Gillette Road is a great building, but when we get winds over 50 miles an hour, we have to go into our wind emergency plan and evacuate the building, because there’s a risk they’ll come down,” Keegan said “This summer we’ll embark on a project to take the exterior walls apart and put them back up so that they meet the original specifications. Then we’ll work with the New York State Department of Education to get the plan lifted.”