Clifton Hunter needs 'remediation' work

Three years after the $110 million Clifton Hunter High School was built, the Ministry of Education has put out a tender for construction and remediation work at the site.

The ministry was unable to provide a cost estimate for the works, which include the addition of ramps for disability compliance and the provision of “acoustic panels” to improve sound quality in the gym.

A pair of requests for proposals from qualified contractors posted on the ministry’s website suggests the works are relatively minor in nature, indicating a time frame for completion of three months.

Christen Suckoo, acting chief officer in the ministry, said, “Some of the works are minor items that need to be provided due to legal requirements, and others are additional items that were not part of the final project plan.”

He said it was not “unheard of” for additional work to be required within three years of a project’s completion.

“As with any major construction project, there will inevitably be the need for additional works as time progresses, given the experience of the users of the facility,” he said.

“It should also be recognized that regardless of the age of a building, spending will always be required to maximize the usefulness of the facility as needs change and as maintenance needs arise.”

The first of the two tenders is in relation to work that the ministry says is required by the Department of Planning, including the repositioning of signs.

Mr. Suckoo added, “Exterior works include gates, ramps and rails added around the pool area; a ramp at the rear of the performing arts building for disability compliance; and installing curbs around the hard court in order to preserve them from the intrusion of grass. The provision of acoustic panels is also included in this tender and is intended to improve the acoustics of the gym.”

He said the second tender project is in relation to works being conducted to the gym building that include the addition of louvers to the exterior walls around the air-conditioning chiller pit in order to improve the efficiency of the A/C units.

During a Public Accounts Committee hearing in July 2014, education officials acknowledged that the school had incurred some $6 million in repair costs and an additional $2.4 million in operational expenses in its first year of operation. The cost of repairing “bad work” was included in the final $110 million price of building the school, according to testimony during that PAC hearing.

The $6 million in corrective work included $1.4 million in remediation to concrete; $2.8 million in repairs for mechanical, electrical and plumbing facilities; floor and structural repairs of some $1.6 million; and what were termed “miscellaneous site defects” of about $84,000.