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An architectural consultant on Wednesday suggested that Amtran would consider nine construction projects over the next few years, costing about $1.7 million.
The bus authority regularly maintains such project lists so that it can begin pursuing grants from PennDOT and the Federal Transportation Administration in time so that the projects can be completed when they are needed, said Greg Elliott of EADS, who prepared the list.
In part because the cost of construction projects has soared this year due to the pandemic, and with many building materials hard to come by, Amtran is likely to perform only a handful of its highest-priority tasks by 2022, according to CEO Eric Wolf.
These are roof replacements on the bus’s maintenance garage, the Trolleyworks and Battery Barn building, and the installation of a sprinkler system for the bus’s maintenance garage, says Wolf.
In the coming months, as they prepare a budget for next year, staff will likely discuss those projects — which happen to be the most expensive — with PennDOT and the FTA so it can prepare formal grant applications, while Elliott prepares specifications and bid documents, said Wolf.
All three buildings currently have rubber roofs, although it’s not common for rubber cladding on severely pitched roofs like those of the Trolleyworks and Battery Barn buildings, Elliott said.
He again proposes a rubber roof for the flat surface of the bus maintenance garage, but standing seam metal roofs for the Trolleyworks building and Battery Barn, matching the standing seam roof recently installed on the newly constructed auxiliary garage .
The roof of the bus maintenance building could cost $550,000, while the roof of the Trolleyworks building could cost $396,000 and the roof of the Battery Barn $148,000, Elliott estimated.
It can save money to do all three buildings at once, especially the Trolleyworks building and Battery Barn, whose roofs will be of the same type, Elliott said.
However, if a job has to be postponed, it should be the bus’s maintenance garage, as the roof is still under warranty, Elliott said.
The idea for the sprinkler system came about as a recommendation from Amtran’s insurance company, officials said at the meeting.
The carrier is concerned about possible fire damage with the buses parked in the garage every night, Wolf said.
They cost about $500,000 each, he said.
The system would only need to cover the bus storage and mechanical rooms, Wolf indicated.
Will the insurance company increase the premium if the government doesn’t install a sprinkler system? asked board member Tim Hite.
“Maybe over time”, said Wolf. “But we don’t see it as a money issue.”
Loss of buses would disrupt service, officials said.
And buses can’t be replaced anytime soon, Wolf said.
The sprinkler system replacement would cost $449,000, according to Elliott.
There was talk of postponing one or more of those projects in the hope that the costs would be less than expected “moderate” in the next year or so.
But moderation is unlikely, given the proliferation of construction projects being considered by municipalities as a result of competition for workers and materials created by the large influx of funds from the US bailout plan, said board member Bruce Kelley, a councilor for the city. who will receive $39 million through ARP.
The other projects:
≥ Removal of the buried diesel tank for $59,000, as the government is nearing completion of the switch to compressed natural gas buses, there is a risk of leakage from the approximately 20-year-old fiberglass tank, and there are alternative ways to get diesel fuel for the remaining buses.
≥ Replacement of Trolleyworks 12 year old HVAC system for $121,000;
Renovation of the mechanical system in the bus maintenance garage for $4,500;
≥ Sealing the south side of the bus maintenance parking lot for $5,000;
≥ To repair the rarely used former parking lot of Roaring River Mills, where there are three defective sections that may require complete replacement, at a cost of $30,000.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.