• Notification of Mechanical & Phase 2 Asbestos Abatement

    Posted by Matt Baker at 6/8/2017
     
    In accordance with the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Asbestos Abatement Act for Public and Private Schools (77 Ill. Adm. Code 855), LaSalle-Peru High School District #120 is hereby notifying parents, faculty and staff of asbestos-abatement activities to be performed in relation to our 2017 planned renovation activities.
    In order to provide for a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff, the District has retained the services of an Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor - Midway Contracting Group - to conduct planned abatement activities. In addition, the District has retained the services of an independent environmental engineering firm - Brownfield Environmental Engineering Resources, LLC) to develop technical specifications for the performance of asbestos abatement activities and to provide on-site consultation & management of asbestos-abatement activities for the duration of the project. All abatement activities will be performed utilizing strict engineering controls and work practices in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
    Asbestos abatement activities are currently scheduled to commence on June 22, 2017 with an anticipated completion date no later than July 26, 2017. The scope of abatement activities will include the removal of asbestos-containing pipe insulation, and floor tile. Access to specific abatement areas will be restricted by the utilization of rigid barriers and use of lockable doors. Therefore, access to areas where abatement activities are being conducted will be prohibited during the aforementioned dates.
    We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy education environment within our schools. Should you have any further questions regarding this project, please contact Superintendent Steven Wrobleski at 815-223-2373.
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  • Mobile Classrooms Arrive

    Posted by Matt Baker at 6/6/2017

    mobile unit a Our temporary classroom modules have begun to arrive. The first two of eight trailers pulled into the East Gym parking lot on Monday afternoon. They'll soon be joined by six more, which will be joined together to form eight classrooms. Beginning next fall, these units will house the majority of our English Division teachers for the school year. We only expect to use the mobile units for one school year. The East Gym parking lot will be closed for the next year as it will be filled with the mobile classroom units and construction staging areas/parking.

    Additionally, residents driving through LaSalle may notice some temporary no parking signs in town. These were set up by LaSalle police to provide a clear pathway for the oversize load trucks to reach the school.

     

     

    mobile unit b mobile unit c

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  • LP 'Breaks Glass' on Renovation Project

    Posted by Matt Baker at 5/31/2017

    LaSalle-Peru Township High School Board of Education members, administrators, and other guests on Tuesday night officially kicked off the start of glass breaking big group work on the district’s voter-approved $38 million facility renovation project.

    Since there will be little earth moved in the renovation project, the LPHS representatives used ceremonial hammers to break through a painting of one of the school’s windows on a sheet of drywall to signify the start of work. The window image was painted by LaSalle artist John Kettman.

    The renovation project includes fully renovating the interior of the main academic building with special focus on classrooms, as well as completing the infrastructure repairs, such as window/roofing replacement, asbestos/lead abatement, and HVAC/mechanical upgrades, needed to further extend the life of the LPHS main building while maintaining its historical integrity. Voters approved the facility renovation referendum in November 2016. The facility project was designed by Kmetz Architects and Legat Architects. The construction project will be overseen by construction management firm Pepper Construction. Additional renovation planning guidance has been provided by Brownfield Environmental Engineering and AMSCO Engineering.

    Work has already begun on asbestos abatement and tuck-pointing. Over the course of the summer, the building’s windows and sections of the roof will be replaced. Additional work to prepare for the interior renovations will begin as well. Mobile classrooms will be installed in the East Gym parking lot. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018.

    Glass Breaking Steve Wrobleski

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  • Notice of Window Replacement Asbestos Abatement

    Posted by Matt Baker at 5/23/2017

    In accordance with the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Asbestos Abatement Act for Public and Private Schools (77 Ill. Adm. Code 855), LaSalle-Peru High School District #120 is hereby notifying parents, faculty and staff of asbestos-abatement activities to be performed in relation to our 2017 planned renovation activities.
    In order to provide for a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff, the District has retained the services of an Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor - Kinsale Contracting Group - to conduct planned abatement activities. In addition, the District has retained the services of an independent environmental engineering firm - Brownfield Environmental Engineering Resources, LLC) to develop technical specifications for the performance of asbestos abatement activities and to provide on-site consultation & management of asbestos-abatement activities for the duration of the project. All abatement activities will be performed utilizing strict engineering controls and work practices in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
    Asbestos abatement activities are currently scheduled to commence on June 1, 2017 with an anticipated completion date no later than October 31, 2017. The scope of abatement activities will include the removal of asbestos-containing window glazing and caulk materials associated with the removal of existing window components. Access to specific abatement areas will be restricted by the utilization of rigid barriers and use of lockable doors. Therefore, access to areas where window removal activities are being conducted will be prohibited during the aforementioned dates.

    We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy education environment within our schools. Should you have any further questions regarding this project, please contact Superintendent Steven Wrobleski at 815-223-2373.
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  • Ground Breaking Announced

    Posted by Matt Baker at 5/18/2017

    During the LPHS Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, the date of the official ground breaking ceremony was announced, although it will be more of a "window breaking" ceremony. Superintendent Steve Wrobleski shared that to better signify the type of working being competed in the Renovation Project, a student is painting a representation of the exterior of LP, including a set of windows, onto a sheet of drywall, which Board members and administrators will break through using commemorative hammers. That event will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30 outside the east side of the main building. At 6 p.m. on the following night in the Old Cafeteria, the district will be providing the second LP Renovation Project Community Update presentation.

    LP Board/Admin in hard hats
    Also during the meeting, Josh Warriner of Pepper Construction presented LPHS Renovation Hard Hats to the Board of Education and members of the administration. The Board also  approved awarding the contract for Bid #7 LPHS Renovation roofing to Medalmaster Roofmaster, Inc. ($518,737) and a change order project bid #1 for $2,400 – Boiler House Abatement for LPHS Renovation. The Board then approved letting bids for the following LPHS Renovation Project packages: #8 fire protection, electrical infrastructure, and corridor ceiling demolition; #9 mechanical/phases 2 and 3 abatement; #10 doors/frames/hardware; #11 lockers; and #12 phases 1 and 2 interior renovation.
    While the bulk of the work will begin this summer, initial exterior tuckpointing work continues at this time.
    tuckpointing
    clock tower with scaffolding

    exterior tuckpointing

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  • Initial work begins

    Posted by Matt Baker at 5/15/2017

    While we're still a few weeks away from the end of the school year and formally initiating the start of the renovation project, crews have begun initial work for our project. Recently, crews have begun asbestos abatement in areas of the boiler house as well as tuckpointing along the building spires. These are all important steps that will preserve our wonderful school building for many years.

    We'll continue to provide updates here throughout the renovation project.

    tuckpointing photos

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  • Notice of Boiler House Asbestos Abatement

    Posted by Matt Baker at 5/1/2017

    In accordance with the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Asbestos Abatement Act for Public and Private Schools (77 Ill. Adm. Code 855), LaSalle-Peru High School District #120 is hereby notifying parents, faculty and staff of asbestos-abatement activities to be performed in relation to our 2017 planned renovation activities.
    In order to provide for a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff, the District has retained the services of an Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor - Holian Asbestos Removal & Encapsulation Corporation - to conduct planned abatement activities. In addition, the District has retained the services of an independent environmental engineering firm - Brownfield Environmental Engineering Resources, LLC) to develop technical specifications for the performance of asbestos abatement activities and to provide onsite consultation & management of asbestos-abatement activities for the duration of the project. All abatement activities will be performed utilizing strict engineering controls and work practices in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
    Asbestos abatement activities are currently scheduled to commence on May 8, 2017 with an anticipated completion date no later than May 19, 2017. The scope of abatement activities will include the removal of asbestos-containing insulation materials in the Boiler House. Access to specific abatement areas will be restricted by the utilization of rigid barriers and use of lockable doors. Therefore, access to Boiler House will be prohibited during the aforementioned dates.
    We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy education environment within our schools. Should you have any further questions regarding this project, please contact me at 815-223-2373.

    -- Steven Wrobleski, LPHS Superintendent

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  • Awarding Bids

    Posted by Matt Baker at 4/20/2017

    The first big round of renovation projects have been awarded. This keeps the district on schedule to begin work shortly after the school year ends. During a Board of Education Special Meeting on Wednesday night, the Board awarded contracts for the following LPHS Renovation projects: boiler house abatement to Holian ($19,100), window treatments to Four Point O, Inc. ($177,925), tuck pointing and masonry restoration to Evans-Mason, Inc. ($908,883) lintel painting to D.E.S. Painting ($19,635), and mobile classrooms to Modular Solutions, Inc. ($198,296).

    The Board also approved letting bids for the following LPHS Renovation projects: roofing, electrical infrastructure, fire protection, phases 2 interior renovation, and stained glass window restoration.

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  • A Conceptual Plan

    Posted by Matt Baker at 3/23/2017

    Earlier this week our architects Jay Johnson of Legat Architects and Mike Kmetz of Kmetz Architects presented the recently approved "conceptual plan" to the LP faculty and staff. 

    This conceptual plans presents the vision of where classrooms, offices and other facilities will be located, but it does not offer detailed plans for exact dimensions of rooms or what materials and furnishings will be located in each space. Those additional details will be developed as part of the schematic design, which is the next step in the process.

    You can now review the conceptual plan in the "Floor Plans & Multimedia" section of the renovation web pages. We may still see some slight alterations to these plans as we refine the schematic design and make budgetary decisions, but this plan represents the overriding design idea.

    First Floor

    Second Floor

    Third Floor

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  • Board of Education Awards Window Replacement Project

    Posted by Matt Baker at 2/17/2017

    On Wednesday night the LPHS Board of Education awarded the contract for window replacements to Krull Window Company of Oak Lawn. This $2.5 million project to replace approximately 680 windows around the main building is the first key piece of the renovation project to be awarded.

    Architect Mike Kmetz told the board that by selecting an alternative bid the project will cost more than $300,000 less than the original base bid.  He explained that in the alternative bid a small historical detail of a slight taper at the top of the windows will be removed, instead leaving the windows square at the top as they are in currently. Still, the vinyl fillers at the top of the existing windows will be replaced with glass, resulting in windows that are closer to the original window designs than they have been for many decades. This balance of preserving historical architectural accuracy while being good stewards of the district’s budget is a major consideration throughout the project.

    “As cool as it would be and as awesome as it would be to have that done with all the windows we know that makes a big difference,” Kmetz said referring to the added cost of the historical detail.

    Work to replace the windows will begin this summer, trailing behind masonry tuckpointing and window abatement of asbestos and lead materials that will be bid later this semester. The majority of the window replacement is expected to be completed over the summer with the original 1927 wing (the easternmost wing of the main building, including the auditorium) will be completed last, explained construction manager Josh Warriner of Pepper Construction.

    The next piece of the project expected to go out for bid is the window treatments.

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