By Jesse Williams / Zip06.com • 4/22/2020 9:17 AM EST
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) approved two maintenance projects for Guilford’s schools. Work is expected to begin immediately to repair more than 60 broken windows at Adams Middle School and to replace the soccer field and racetrack at Guilford High School, which is not expected to be completed until 2021.
Cliff Gurnham, Director of Operations and Facilities, told the BOS at a virtual meeting that the artificial turf field had exceeded its life expectancy by about six years and that it had to be replaced even though it was still usable.
“The field itself is inspected every year and tested every year to make sure it meets all of the requirements that a regular game can have. It works fine and is just very worn,” said Gurnham.
The BOS approved a contract with New Britain-based architects Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. to design the field at a cost of $ 17,500.
Kaestle Boos had already consulted the city in 2018 when another artificial turf pitch failed and was replaced under the guarantee. The cost of this field was approximately $ 1.1 million. Gurnham said the city is expected to bid for the construction phase of the project in March or February 2021, in consultation with the Education Council.
Adams Middle School’s windows, which have been essentially inoperable for some time due to a failure in the mechanism that guides them and prevents them from falling, are being repaired while students are currently out of class, Gurnham said.
That project was awarded to Millennium Builders of Rocky Hill for about $ 53,000, though Gurnham said the city had been working to reimburse some of the original costs due to the failure.
Gurnham said the windows were replaced in 2009 by a company that is no longer in business. As a result, many windows’ counterbalancing mechanisms failed to prevent them from falling or “moving unexpectedly”, leading to “extreme safety concerns”.
Gurnham says many windows are permanently closed and the general rule is that windows in the school do not open at all.
Although the windows are not replaced, since the windows must be disassembled to replace the mechanisms, the labor and cost are increased.
According to the city, this project is being financed through a 2013/14 bond referendum.