FRONT ROYAL – A.S. Rhodes Elementary School students, staff and the community will have to put up with major renovations during the upcoming 2019-2020 school year now that the construction project re-bid process is a go.
“We’re excited to go back out for bid at the end of the month,” said Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration at Warren County Public Schools (WCPS).
Warren County School Board members learned during a work session tucked into their regular meeting on August 7 that the scheduled bid date is August 20. Bids will be due by September 19 with an expected award date set for October 1, according to Andrew Grant, project architect and department head for the architectural and engineering firm of OWPR Inc. in Blacksburg, VA, who gave School Board members information on the project’s direction.
The re-bid process follows a June decision by the School Board to put the A.S. Rhodes renovation on hold after receiving only one overpriced bid “that was significantly more than what was budgeted for the project,” Sheppard said.
Currently, WCPS has $2.9 million available for the school’s renovations, she added, an amount that takes into account the money already spent on the school’s asbestos abatement and shingled roof work completed this summer, as well as related bid advertising costs.
“We’re looking forward to the project bids coming in under that amount when we get them,” said Sheppard.
Grant outlined several cost reductions in the re-bid, including changing the specification to allow for more competitive pricing for the rooftop units; changing the phasing plans to allow for two-thirds of the school to be renovated in phase one; removing evening and weekend schedule requirements; and reducing the general contingency from $125,000 to $100,000.
Grant told School Board members that he thinks the biggest item that will reduce costs in this next bid advertisement is allowing the contractor to have 75 percent of the school area to start the renovations rather than having to “jump around between classrooms” to do work.
The re-bid will require the contractor to work during the school day rather than alternate hours as proposed in the previous bid, which required work to be done from 3 p.m. until midnight after the school day was done and on weekends.
“There will certainly be growing pains, no doubt, as with any construction project,” said Grant.
Sheppard noted that WCPS personnel are working out details on modular units where classrooms can go while renovations are being completed. She said PE and art classes will be held in the classrooms.
One big pain during the renovations will be lunchtime. “It’ll be inconvenient to go to the cafeteria because it will be by an outside entrance,” Sheppard said, adding that because it is construction, some disruption can be expected.
The timing for the re-bid process also should encourage more contractor bids, said Grant, because more companies will be looking for wintertime work and will be able to hire more available electrical and mechanical subcontractors.
“I think those were two of the biggest factors in why the [previous bid] price was what it was,” he said, referring to what he called “an outrageous” roughly $6 million bid.
WCPS Superintendent Greg Drescher said the project schedule is still anticipated to have the work at A.S. Rhodes finished around the same time next summer.
According to Grant’s summary of the re-bid for the renovations, substantial completion for phase one of the project is slated for March 17, 2020 — taking roughly 5.5 months from the project’s start date — while substantial completion of phase two is scheduled to take three months and be finished by June 12, 2020.
The final completion date for the project is July 10, 2020 for work that includes providing and installing casework and sinks in some classrooms, as well as new flooring throughout the school; constructing a front porch and entry work with new columns and a new concrete handicap access ramp; replacing exterior windows; and replacing the mechanical unit at the multi-purpose building.
Gainesville: University Boulevard Lane Closure the Week of August 26th
GAINESVILLE – The right lane of southbound University Boulevard is scheduled to be closed between Route 29 and I-66 from 9 a.m. Monday, August 26, to noon on Friday, August 30. The closure is needed so that construction crews can install curbs and gutters and pave the entrance to the new University Boulevard (Gainesville) Park and Ride Lot.
The first portion of the lot will open this October with more than 960 parking spaces available for carpooling, vanpools, and commuter bus service during construction of the Transform 66 Project. When fully completed in late 2022, the facility will provide over 2,000 park and ride spaces with access to and from the I-66 Express Lanes from University Boulevard.
All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement conditions occur.
Learn more about the I-66 Outside the Beltway Project and sign up for project updates and lane closure alerts at Transform66.org.
FRIBA promotes Town with ‘Cardinal’ ornaments, annual Taste of the Town
There’s a fun new project in town featuring the beautiful Virginia state bird: the cardinal.
The Front Royal Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA) members with the assistance of American Business Alliance are partnering to help stimulate local business growth in town, and they are doing so with cute, kiln fired clay cardinals. The goal of their partnership is to continue to create unity within the community by celebrating the anniversary of the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign. With the 50th anniversary of the campaign coming up, FRIBA wants to celebrate by creating clay Christmas ornaments in the shape of cardinals and invite the community to paint them for an $8 donation. The cardinals will be used to help fund community love letters to bring the community together and spread the love.
Arline Link with Explore Art and Clay at the Kiln Doctor and George and Karen McIntyre from The Apple House introduced us to the project.
Link also wants to spread the word about the Taste of the Town event. A family focused, non-alcoholic community event hosted on September 27 from 6-9 P.M. on East Main Street, Taste of the Town promises to bring the best culinary aspects of Downtown Front Royal to light. East Main Street will be closed off for the event and the night will promise hours of family friendly fun.
In addition, on August 22 at the Open House Middle of Main there will be another community event showing a series of films featuring the history behind the Save Your Town project.
To learn more about Cookie Cutter Cardinals you can contact Arline Link at the Explore Art and Clay at the Kiln Doctor, (540) 636-6016.
Watch Arline Link and George McIntyre walked us through the process of how the cardinals are made in this video:
Invitation to bid: WCPS A.S. Rhodes Elementary School Renovation
You are invited to bid on a general contract for Warren County Public Schools, A.S. Rhodes Elementary School Renovation for the Warren County School Board. This project generally consists of approximately 21,070 SF of renovations, including but not limited to new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. All bids shall be on a lump sum basis.
Bids shall be received until 2:00 P.M. local prevailing time on Thursday, September 19, 2019, to the attention of Melody Sheppard, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, in the Board Room of the Warren County Public School Administration Building, 210 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630, at which time they will be opened publicly and read aloud. Bids received after this time will not be accepted. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Drawings and specifications may be examined at the Office of the Architect/Engineer, the Warren County School Board office, and at the following locations:
Valley Construction News
426 W. Campbell Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016
Alex Gugliada | The Blue Book Bldg. & Construction Network
800 E. Main Street
Jefferson Valley, NY 10535
Builders’ Exchange, Inc.
3207 Hermitage Rd.
Richmond, VA 23227
DODGE Data & Analytics
3315 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913
30 Technology Parkway South | Suite 100
Norcross, GA 30092-2912
400 SW 7th Street
Stuart, FL 34994
Plans and specifications can be obtained via download from ShareFile upon receipt of a nonrefundable check in the amount of $25.00. Contact email@example.com for ShareFile access. Upon receipt of check and valid email address, OWPR will provide a password with instructions on accessing and downloading plans and specifications. Hard copies of plans and specifications can be obtained from OWPR upon receipt of a nonrefundable check in the amount of $400.00. Plans and specifications can be shipped for additional charge. Contact OWPR for further details.
Bids shall be accompanied by a bid guarantee of not less than 5% of the amount of the bid, which may be a certified check or cashier’s check, or a bid bond of 5% of the amount of the bid, made payable to Warren County School Board. A performance bond, payment bond and a material and labor bond will be required and the cost shall be included in the bid price.
Bidders are required under Title 54.1, Chapter 11, Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, to be licensed as a “Class A Contractor” before submitting a bid of one hundred twenty thousand ($120,000) dollars or more; or to be licensed as a “Class B Contractor” before submitting a bid of ten thousand ($10,000) dollars or more but less than one hundred twenty thousand ($120,000) dollars; or be licensed as a “Class C Contractor” before submitting a bid of no more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Each Bidder will be required to give their State Registration Number on their proposal. All non-resident contractors and subcontractors bidding the work described herein shall register with the Department of Labor and Industry under the provisions of Section 40.1-30 of the Code of Virginia.
The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids.
A pre-bid conference will be held on September 12, 2019 beginning at 2:00 P.M. at the Warren County Public School Administration Building, 210 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630 with a tour of the school afterwards. The school is located at 224 W. Strasburg Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630. This will provide an opportunity to answer questions and explain any items requiring further clarification.
Bids shall be binding for a period of sixty (60) days from the date on which bids are opened.
Lucky Star Reunion packs Front Royal Brewing Co. with memories of times past
As former Lucky Star Lounge co-owner and oft-bartender Trevor Lipton said Saturday evening, August 17 at the Front Royal Brewing Company in introducing the newest incarnation of the first and last band to play at his establishment, this reunion was more than a reuniting of former clientele and staff of a fondly-remembered eating, drinking and entertainment establishment, and more like an extended family reunion.
And to the backdrop of headliner AfterSHOCK, formerly known as The Shockers, formerly known as EyeSoar – happily reunited with guitarist Pat Flowers and often guest singer Renee Flowers – the evening had exactly THAT feel, as old friends and acquaintances embraced and reminisced about good times, lost times, and times to come wherever and whenever they might be encountered.
The Lucky Star spanned a nine-year period between 2005 and 2013, at 205A East Main Street, not far from the site of the Front Royal Brewing Company-hosted reunion event – and a shout out to the staff for its handling of the large, occasionally-demanding and hungry, and thirsty on a steamy night, crowd. The entrees, appetizers and home-brewed craft beers kept the enthusiastic crowd fueled for more.
Thank you to Lucky Star founding partners Trevor and Lorena Lipton; absent out west but fondly-remembered co-owners Patrick and Shawn Patterson; Star “spiritual advisor” Roxanne Bauserman, family and friends; past and future Zombie Walkers; and everyone else for the memories and opportunity to reunite and fondly recall the bonding characteristics of a true English and early Americana-style pub and eatery – the kind where revolutions, or at least minor rebellions, are planned.
‘Clear the Shelter’ day sees 26 animals in ‘forever’ homes
The Julia Wagner Animal Shelter in Front Royal came within a whisker or two of its target on Saturday, August 17, by adopting out 26 animals on the annual “Clear the Shelter” Day, a result Executive Director Meghan Bowers said was “highly satisfactory.”
Bowers had set a high watermark for the special day with extended hours and a full staff on duty. In an interim report to me when I dropped by in early afternoon, she told me of six adoptions.
At the end of the day, when another Examiner staffer, Roger Bianchini, had stopped in to take photos, the totals stood at 15 “forever homes” for dogs and 11 for cats, just short of the target of 30 overall. Adoption fees were excused for the event.
Looking backward, then forward, Bowers reported a net total of $16,794 for last month’s “Waggin’ for Dragons” popular fundraiser.
“It’s not as much as previous years,” she said, but a healthy total since the event was dropped last year and the number of competitors – eight boats, 160 paddlers – last month was down by half.
She expects “Waggin'” will be back to a full complement of competitors in future years.
Looking forward, Bowers announced “Putt for Paws” at the Bowling Green Country Club on October 11. Teams of four compete on the 18-hole golf course, followed by dinner and door prizes. Price of entry for another key fundraising event is $400 per team.
Then the Humane Society of Warren County, headed by Ellen Aders, will stage one of its biggest attractions: “Tales & Ales,” a dinner – the 8th annual – with silent auction, cash prizes including $1,000 that goes to a lucky $35 entry ticket holder. “Tales & Ales, usually a sellout, is scheduled for November 16. More information on both these events will be reported here as they approach.
And remember, not all the shelter’s animals were adopted – some are still waiting for that special, loving person to take them home too…
Fireball Arcade finally has its Grand Opening
Fireball Arcade has been open for about a year at 218 East Main Street in Front Royal, but is just now getting around to their Grand Opening.
On August 17th the Fireball Arcade held its Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony by the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
The Fireball is an 80’s themed Pinball and Video Game Arcade. They also have a Birthday room rental available! Share your childhood arcade experiences with your children.