March 22, 2012 | Vol. 42, No. 12

Voc ed building to get improvements

The Haines Borough is planning improvements to the Haines School vocational education building, located at the corner of Old Haines Highway and Allen Road.

According to the project manual, work will include interior finish, window and Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades and installation of some new siding on the approximately 900-square-foot structure.

Bids were due Monday, March 12, and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of August. The borough received four bids, with the apparent low of $77,975 from North Pacific Erectors of Juneau. The Haines Borough Assembly has not yet approved a contract.

Funding is from surplus Department of Education capital improvement money that became available when school projects in other communities fell through.

Woodworking, welding, boat building, auto mechanics, construction, community education and other classes are taught in the building.

The project description states the improvements will address the facility’s “current inadequacies of accessibility and thermal performance.” Twelve windows and one overhead sectional door will be replaced to meet federal Energy Star requirements.

One restroom will be converted into an accessible, unisex restroom, and new flooring and base will be added to the other restroom.

The selected bidder also will install a barrier-free drinking fountain, properly-sized doors and wall protection in the adjoining vestibule, a hand-wash sink in the auto shop, and new commercial gutters and downspouts.