Contractor: Most of Roundhouse gym will be ready by school’s start

The majority of work on the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse gymnasium is complete.

That is according to Susan Jones and David Deemer, representatives of CPMI Construction, of Des Moines, who presented a status update of the years-long construction project at the Monday meeting of the Marshalltown School Board.

The general contractor, Dean Snyder Construction, of Ankeny, is completing punch list items, or items in need of correction, and tile remediation in the facility’s locker rooms and restrooms, said Jones.

That work started in July, and Dean Snyder staff anticipate completion of existing locker rooms and west restrooms during the first week of August, followed by the east restrooms before the start of school.

Bathroom floor repair is scheduled for Aug. 20-21, said Deemer.

“They do anticipate … that by the time school starts, they will be done with all work in the Roundhouse itself,” said Jones.

All areas of the building, except for the new locker rooms, received a certificate of occupancy, she said.

Tile remediation in the new locker rooms is expected to be complete by late September.

The rest of the gym will be usable while that work proceeds, Jones said.

The exterior of the Roundhouse is complete, except for cleaning and painting of building pillars and railings, which is to start this week, she said.

Additionally, HTF Solutions, of North Saint Paul, Minnesota, was hired to install epoxy flooring in the restrooms. Work is slated for early August. ASI Iowa, of Grinnell, is to install exterior signs, with work beginning in mid-August.

Deemer noted over 95 percent of the punch list items are complete.

Items were corrected in the fitness area and laundry room, and those area are now considered substantially complete. The office area of the athletic director and some storage areas are also complete, Jones said.

The condition of the Roundhouse roof is an ongoing topic of negotiation between Dean Snyder and district’s legal counsel.

In a previous school board meeting, Jones explained, “The roof was installed and some of the seams were not correctly placed according to the original design in the shop drawings.”

Rick Simpson, the district’s then director of buildings and grounds, said the district’s design team and representatives would not accept the roof and its segmented layout.

Following Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Marvin Wade said stakeholders are continuing to look for a solution toward improving the roof’s state.

“You have different professionals: You have the architect, you have the contractor, you have the owner’s representative [and] … representatives of the school district. Different people have different perceptions of what should be done to resolve the roof issue,” he said. “It is an ongoing conversation of us working together to come up with something everybody can agree is the best thing for the district.”

Wade said he is unable to provide an estimated roof completion date.

“Everybody involved wants to make sure we dot all the ‘I’s and cross all the ‘T’s before actually taking action,” Wade said. “Everything under that roof is affected by [its] quality. … A round roof is pretty unusual, so we want to make sure when we’re doing this, we’re doing it right.”

The Roundhouse project got its start at a November 2013 groundbreaking. Work was originally scheduled for completion, Dec. 1, 2014.

Construction was delayed due to unforeseen conditions, said Wade in a previous interview. For example, a water leak necessitated repairs to the new gym floor.

The project was slated to cost about $9 million in the original contract, but change orders in the amount of $526,548 and additional expenses increased the estimated cost to about $9.9 million, according to a June project budget.

Discussions are in progress regarding the hosting of a public open house, where tours through the completed facility are to be offered. A date has not been finalized.

In other business Tuesday, the board:

– Approved the rehiring of Rick Simpson, director of buildings and grounds, effective Aug. 5, for one year. The board approved his retirement at a February meeting, effective June 30. Simpson worked for the district 16 years.

Board President Kay Beach said Simpson’s rehiring was prudent, as he is familiar with ongoing projects throughout district facilities, including the Roundhouse. Simpson’s salary will be $84,522, an increase from the previous fiscal year, which was $83,217.76.

– Approved the resignation of Kevin Posekany, director of business operations and board secretary, effective Aug. 14. Posekany could not be reached for comment before press time.