LOWER GWYNEDD>> Ever since the Wissahickon School Board decided against the construction of a new high school earlier this summer, the district has begun spending a lot of money to address a number of issues arising at the school.
That trend continued during a special meeting of the board Monday night, where a new boiler installation project at the high school was awarded to GEM Mechanical Services Inc. at a base bid amount of $179,000. Business Administrator Wade Coleman called the winning bid “competitive” after it beat out 10 other hopeful contractors.
The move though reflects a commitment by the district to finally address some of the concerns made from the board and the community during the June 9 meeting about the aging building.
“Two-and-a-half years ago I toured the high school when I was first elected as a director on the board,” said board member Barbara Ullery at the time, adding she had toured the school again recently to get a fresh perspective. “When it rains, the (science) hallway is below grade and needs to be pumped … The rest rooms are bad, not from lack of cleaning but from wear and look like a slum. There are classrooms with no windows that are like a cave or catacombs. The telecommunications room is too small … The heating is inadequate and will not heat the building at temperatures below 30 degrees, and we often experience temperatures (outside in this area) below 30 degrees.”
By Eric Devlin , firstname.lastname@example.org
GEM Mechanical has been awarded the Mechanical Construction – Local Heating Conversion project at Merion Science Center and Schmucker Science North and Schmucker Science South for West Chester University. The project consists of the renovations to building mechanical systems, architectural components, structural components and installation of steam and hydronic boilers and supporting equipment and systems in three locations on the West Chester University campus. The project will be on-going through the Fall 2014.
Congratulations to Mike Gaffney, VP Field Operations for obtaining his State of Delaware professional Master HVACR License.
Congratulations to Drew Silich for successfully completing the two‐week course by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the Institute for Project Management (IPM). The course provides in‐depth training in project management and the essentials of managing a project through completion.
GEM Mechanical has been awarded the HVAC Construction – Additions and Alterations to the Gladwyne Elementary School project, for the Lower Merion School District. The project will start in early 2014.
GEM Mechanical has been awarded the Greater Plymouth Community Center Natatorium – HVAC Replacement Project, for Plymouth Township (Montgomery County, PA), Parks and Recreation Department.
Congratulations to Mike Gaffney for completing the Advanced Leadership Institute program at Babson College.
GEM Mechanical has been awarded the Chiller Pump Replacement Project at Upper Moreland High School for the School District of Upper Moreland Township. This project will be on-going throughout the Summer 2014.
All GEM Project Managers, Field Superintendent, and Foreman carry the latest version of Apple’s mini iPads while in the field to stay in touch with GEM’s management, office staff, customers, engineers, and owners.
These devices are a convenient way to stay connected with each other during the day while construction initiatives are underway. The devices are handy for taking job photographs, reviewing project schedules, submitting daily reports, and for reviewing project plans, and specifications. “This tool has allowed our team to stay connected with each other and share daily activities. We decided to purchase the devices to help streamline our efforts while allowing the office personnel to stay in touch and provide up to date materials to the field workers. It has been a great investment.”, stated Mary Gaffney.
GEM Mechanical has been awarded the Boiler Replacement project at the Scannell Readiness Center by the State of Delaware, Delaware Army National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters. The project will be on-going through the Fall 2014.