Ryan Middle School
The north (academic) wing of Ryan Middle was completed in 1969. The facility serves students in seventh and eighth grade and is the second most heavily used public facility in the district. Upgrades have been made to the roofing, gym floor, lighting, and the controls system; however, the building has never been fully renovated. In 2006, voters approved a phase one renovation as part of a bond package. The bond called for schematic design, educational specification, building assessment, and a small amount of work related to the facility renovation. The phase one renovation, which included site improvements, is now complete. In 2011, voters approved a bond to renovate the south (gym) wing and work will begin on this fall.
After more than 46 years of operations, there are major deficiencies in the electrical and mechanical systems. Furthermore, the facility envelope is thermally inefficient and various finishes need to be replaced or upgraded.
USKH Architects and Engineers, Inc. performed the educational specifications, assessed the facility, and developed a master plan and schematic design.
During the preliminary assessment, the consultant discovered major and extensive structural seismic deficiencies in regard to modern codes, and the final assessment defined the severity of structural deficiencies of the facility. The report stated that there is no lateral bracing in the building; and with concrete on the roof, the momentum of a seismic event is increased. In addition to seismic deficiencies, there were many other items mentioned in the assessment, including:
1. The electrical service has numerous code violations and needs to be replaced.
2. The mechanical system is initiated at Lathrop High School with multiple heat exchangers and is highly inefficient. The return air plenum is the facility corridors and is in violation of mechanical codes; also, the fan system does not deliver the required outside air to meet code.
3. Most of the facility does not meet ADA standards, including nearly all of the interior doors.
4. The building envelope is far below current efficiency guidelines and school district standards.
5. Hazardous materials remain throughout the building, including asbestos, PCBs and lead paint.
The borough and school district were left with two options: renovate the existing building (where it stands) at a cost of approximately $46.2M which would include construction of temporary facilities for students or replace the building with new construction adjacent to the gym at a cost of $37.1M. A study by USKH estimated a remarkable cost savings by replacing instead of renovating the building. The state reimburses 70% of renovation construction and 60% of new construction.The cost to renovate is $46.2M – after state reimbursement of 70%, the amount owed by the borough is reduced to $13.9M. The cost to build new is $37.1M – after state reimbursement of 60% and an $880,000 grant, the amount owed by the borough is reduced to $14M. Replacing the building with new construction rather than renovating the existing building saves the state $9.1M and avoids an extraordinary inconvenience of displacing 400 students to temporary facilities.
In summary, the facility is in need of extensive improvements, including costly seismic upgrades. The school district has ranked the project as the highest priority due to the nature of the facility deficiencies.
Scope of Work funded by Proposition #1:
The north (academic) wing of Ryan Middle will be replaced with a new 62,600 square foot academic wing. The ball field will be reconstructed and a soccer field will be constructed.
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