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October 23, 2021

SLVUSD Embarks on a Series of Exterior School Renovations

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District has begun a series of improvements to its buildings.

In addition to a broader work plan that will transform its structures over the next few years, the first set of upgrades, approved in September, features painting work, protective coating above walkways, anti-fire fortifications and roofing fixes.

At its Sept. 14 board meeting, SLVUSD trustees voted unanimously to approve WTI Construction’s proposal for a $267,759.13 roof restoration project focused on San Lorenzo Valley Elementary.

The scope of work includes pressure washing, repairing blisters, applying two-part coating with fabric and a topcoat layer with ceramic granules.

The covered walkways between the elementary and high school admin buildings are also part of the job, which comes with a 25-year warranty.

SLVUSD is responsible for dealing with its electrical, microwave and telecommunication equipment during the project.

The district went through California Multiple Award Schedules to find a vendor; staff had recommended the job.

Trustees also unanimously approved a proposal from Alameda Roofing Service, Inc. for another roofing project—this one at the San Lorenzo Valley High School baseball tower—for $11,239. The job comes with a 10-year work guarantee, and the district doesn’t have to pay until the job is done.

Since the contract is $60,000 or less, the district is allowed to “contract by force account, negotiated contract, or purchase order” from the prequalified contractors list.

In addition, the board unanimously approved a drama room remodel proposal from Cen-Con.

The contractor is charging $145,400 to install drywall over existing cork walls, paint walls and the ceiling, put in carpet, and install windows in the Black Box Theater.

Cen-Con will also patch and paint walls, install carpet and put in a sink in the dance floor/classroom/costume storage areas.

The job was approved under the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act procedures, and the money will come from Measure S funds.

Trustees also unanimously handed a painting job to Graaskamp Painting for Quail Hollow Campus, at a price tag of $17,600.

“A new building code regarding Wildfire Urban Interface (WUI) requires the exterior of a building be of fire restraint construction,” staff noted. “The four portables recently installed on the Quail Hollow Campus were built prior to 2019.”

The contractor says it will apply the Firefree brand of Intumescent Coating, a passive fire resistance material, to wood siding and trim on the portables.

Drew Penner
Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected]

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