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School sites detailed in facility report
(Publisher’s Note: This is the first of a series listing details on each NRMS school site’s needs, according to the report indicated.)

Last week, the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (NRMS) board began its review of the long-range facility needs report, as the first step in creating the NRMS capital improvement plan. The nearly 300-page report is the conclusion of the work of Smith Sinnett Architecture (SSA), NRMS maintenance department, and Brady Trane.

To determine each NRMS site’s needs, SSA compared them to the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) minimum facility standards and used NRMS local requirements.

The report breaks each of the NRMS system’s 27 school sites down in detail, and includes the Early College High School, W. L. Greene, bus garage, central office, teacher resource center, child nutrition, and Oak Level maintenance buildings.

The following is a list of details from the elementary school buildings section of the report, which spans over 80 pages.

BAILEY — As the newest elementary school in the system, this site “establishes the basis of the current standards,” the report states, which are used to review the other 26 elementary schools. — Gym and classroom building, built 2006, valued at $14.6 million with a replacement value of $14.6 million; deferred maintenance costs: $206,530; total cost to bring up to standard $277,647; top maintenance issues: code/safety $74,000; painting exterior windows and doors $35,000; mechanical $30,000.

BENVENUE — Report states: asphalt aging out, minor drainage issues, add walkway canopy, replace flooring, mechanical system older, replace about half of students desks and chairs; main building, elementary building, gym, covered walk, all built 1987, valued at $8,654,421 with a replacement value of $10,549,852; deferred maintenance costs: $1,649,000; total cost to bring up to standard: $2,094,527; top maintenance issues: mechanical $492,000, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) toilets compliance $354,400, flooring $163,000, furniture/equipment for classrooms, administration, and casework $107,000.

BRASWELL — Report states: site smaller than NCDPI recommendations, create a drive on eastern side of building to alleviate congestion on streets and allow better control of arriving/departing students, add and replace canopies, replace walkway between buildings, building is coming to the end of its life cycle, replace windows and ceilings and lighting system in several areas, flooring and classroom doors are aging out, mechanical system is worn out, replace electrical system and wooden casework; classroom/administration building built 1957, classroom building built 1959, 1970, cafeteria/media center built 1979, 1986, covered walk built 1960, buildings valued at $4,005,722 with a replacement value of $6,653,480; deferred maintenance costs: $3,186,493; total cost to bring up to standard: $4,807,179; top maintenance issues: mechanical $508,532, ADA toilets for students and teachers $416,280, windows $329,870.

CEDAR GROVE — Report states: improve auto/bus loops, separate buses and cars, add walkway canopy to the school, clear of low vegetation near the road, clear and grade near multipurpose roof to improve visibility of school and traffic, upgrade media center, improve cafeteria and kitchen to meet current codes, older windows and doors and lighting systems have aged out, electrical system below standard for today’s technology-dependent instruction, mechanical systems have exceeded their expected life and will begin to fail completely; main building built 1953, 1960, 2000, storage building built 2005, lift station built 1994 valued at $1,713,137 with a replacement value of $3,345,314; deferred maintenance costs: $2,357,461; total cost to bring up to standard: $5,187,209; top maintenance issues: parking/drives $504,278, mechanical $442,894, circulation/mechanical/walls $325,653

COOPERS — Report states: add walkway canopy to help with loading/unloading buses, greatest need in gym – replace older electrical system and refinish floors and replace bleachers to be code-compliant, replace older lights in a few rooms; main building built 2000, cafeteria built 1956, gym built 1962, agriculture building built 1950, covered walk built 1956, all buildings valued at $8,565,166 with a replacement value of $10,093,557; deferred maintenance costs: $1,525,138; total cost to bring up to standard: $1,906,108; top maintenance issues: mechanical $380,200, furniture/equipment for classrooms, administration, bleachers $177,613, windows $158,730.

JOHNSON — Report states: vehicle traffic problems, add parking space, properly asphalt existing parking area, replace exterior soffits around cafeteria and media center, replace older windows and doors and lighting systems, replace ceiling tiles, replace floors, replace about half of student desk, replace wooden casework in classrooms; classroom/administration building built 1960, classroom building built 1974, classroom building built 1990, 1992, cafeteria/media center built 1979, covered walk built 2004, all buildings valued at $5,902,220 with a replacement value of $8,792,509; deferred maintenance costs: $4,893,554; total cost to bring up to standard: $7,291,549; top maintenance issues: mechanical $1,079,298, ADA toilets $761,134, parking/drives $491,868.

FAIRVIEW EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER — Report states: main building built 1997 and 2000 valued at $6,233,439 with a replacement value of $6,610,222; deferred maintenance costs: $533,611; total cost to bring up to standard: $654,503; top maintenance issues: roofing $246,050, mechanical $97,400, code/safety $84,605.

ENGLEWOOD — Report states: total acreage less than NCDPI recommendation, add and improve drainage and walkways, add walkway canopy and rework portion of existing canopy drainage, replace windows and doors and ceiling/lighting systems, replace toilet facilities, electrical system not designed to support technology and nearly all circuits are full; replace mechanical system, replace wooden casework and cabinets; classroom/administration building built 1960, 1979, cafeteria built 1979, classroom building built 1965, 1976, covered walk built 1965, all buildings valued at $4,903,748 with a replacement value of $7,881,958; deferred maintenance costs: $2,761,290; total cost to bring up to standard: $6,458,361; top maintenance issues: mechanical $1,079,294, ADA toilets for students and teachers $671,340, windows $363,600.

HUBBARD — Report states: add canopy for bus loading/unloading area along front, rework landscaping to provide good sight lines across campus and around corners of buildings, improve or replace some buildings, electrical system is at its max with most circuits full at this time; elementary and media building built 1957, 1985, cafeteria building built 1985, primary building built 1957, 1985, multipurpose building built 1957, covered walk built 1975, 1996, picnic shelter built 1996, main office building built 2000, all buildings valued at $5,506,047 with a replacement value of $7,449,109; deferred maintenance costs $2,175,301; total cost to bring up to standard: $5,396,611; top maintenance issues: circulation/mechanical/walls $762,247, mechanical $648,573, windows $341,410; top renovation to bring up to standard: misc spaces $413,592, arts education $369,538.

MIDDLESEX — Report states: trim landscape trim and remove trees suggested, renovate or improve older buildings, replace windows and floors, annual painting needed, oldest sections have electrical systems that are taxed to their limits, replace original doors, replace gym bleachers to be code-compliant, improve safety and security; main building built 2012, elementary building built 1951, primary building built 1975, gym built 1961, covered walk built 1965, all buildings valued at $9,138,297 with a replacement value of $11,081,497; deferred maintenance costs: $1,887,699; total cost to bring up to standard: $2,359,235; top maintenance issues: mechanical $439,982, other building interior $331,204, roofing $274,620.

NASHVILLE — Report states: add parking on existing site, fix storm water issues by replacing system under the parking lots; grammar building: beyond its life cycle, replace nearly every system — from mechanical, electrical, plumbing to flooring systems and ceilings, replace windows and doors; main building built 2000, gym built 1958, primary building built 1953, grammar building built 1936, covered walk built 1952, 1986, all buildings valued at $8,841,265 with a replacement value of $11,509,904; deferred maintenance costs: $3,062,958; total cost to bring up to standard: $5,808,849; top maintenance issues: mechanical $1,065,375, circulation/mechanical/walls $356,765, ADA toilets $300,600; top renovation to bring up to standard: academic spaces $516,716, food service $301,060.

POPE — Report states: acreage well below NCDPI recommendations, create new entrance where one previously existed, fix drop off problem with one-way street, add walkway canopy along gym, install additional storm drainage and connecting existing downspouts into city storm water system, some classrooms significantly smaller than NCDPI minimums, administration area exceedingly small, add elevator to second floor for codes, old electrical system cannot handle loads created by current technology and other mechanical needs, replace of flooring and subflooring, replace lighting and ceiling; administration building built 1940, 1950, gym/cafeteria built 1956, 1985, covered walk 1950, all buildings valued at $3,072,229 with a replacement value of $6,315,226; deferred maintenance costs: $3,862,414; total cost to bring up to standard: $6,319,961; top maintenance issues: Mechanical $1,163,906, ADA toilets for students and teachers $423,300, ADA lift, ramps, elevator $413,000.

RED OAK — Report states: oldest school building in the NRMS system, create walkway near front, remove several large, old trees on opposite side of school, remove inoperable chimney, need major improvements to safety and infrastructure, significant investments must be made at this time to protect the building as an asset, significantly small classrooms suggest a reduced class size is warranted, expand small administration area, resolve site drainage issues building at the end of its life cycle; 1992 NCDPI recommendations – continue medium to long-range use of ROE but plan to replace the main building, local units, and perhaps the three classrooms; main building built 1932, primary building built 1959, cafeteria building built 1951, gym built 1959, principal’s home built 1960, covered walk built 1965, storage building built 1941, all buildings valued at $2,177,725 with a replacement value of $5,402,918; deferred maintenance costs: $3,912,184; total cost to bring up to standard: $8,429,527; top maintenance issues: mechanical $760,552, circulation/mechanical/walls $733,855, other building interior $525,238; top renovation to bring up to standard: academic spaces $820,433.
SPRING HOPE — Report states: add walkway canopy for bus/parent drop off, reconfigure and lengthen queue, improve older sections’ structural and infrastructure issues, room sizes significantly smaller than NCDPI minimums and class size reductions should be considered, older buildings are more than 75 years old and exceed 50-year replacement rule, replace flooring, electrical system is undersized to support current technology needs, create plan for replacement of ‘old’ main building; ‘old’ main building built 1936, cafeteria/classroom/auditorium building built 1950, 1954, 1997, gym built 1957, covered walk built 1954, 1997, concession stand built 1986, storage building built 1987, all buildings valued at $5,858,074 with a replacement value of $8,957,373; deferred maintenance costs: $3,159,786; total cost to bring up to standard: $8,120,610; top maintenance issues: mechanical $978,788, circulation/mechanical/walls $656,624, flooring $325,644; top renovation to bring up to standard: academic spaces $1,175,061.

SWIFT CREEK — Report states: install pretreatment facility for sanitary system, replace of water tower with modern, above-ground well system, add some canopy to protect students as they enter/exit, replace flooring, replace mechanical system, significant use of this facility for storage currently reducing capacity, create other to use classrooms, main building nearing the end of its life cycle, improve cafeteria, replace windows and ceilings and lighting; main building built 1949, fourth grade building built 1961, third grade building built 1958, gym built 1967, covered walk built 1961, all buildings valued at $3,659,159 with a replacement value of $6,902,120; deferred maintenance costs: $4,568,901; total cost to bring up to standard: $10,001,697; top maintenance issues: mechanical $921,902, ADA toilets $544,734, windows $516,075; top renovation to bring up to standard: food service $943,306, other renovations $579,214.

WILLIFORD — Report states: acreage well below NCDPI recommended minimum; improve site drainage through reducing below-grade water tables to alleviating some water pumping through floor slabs; add canopy for students loading/unloading, older sections approaching end of life cycle, replace windows and ceilings and floors and doors, electrical system maximized with computer loads that were never intended to be supported, replace mechanical systems; third- and fourth-grade building built 1956, second-grade building built 1954, multipurpose cafeteria built 1962, covered walk built 1954, admin building built 1997, community schools building built 2001, all buildings valued at $6,492,162 with a replacement value of $8,998,671; deferred maintenance costs: $2,677,243; total cost to bring up to standard: $4,938,153; top maintenance issues: mechanical $583,872, ADA toilets $459,612, windows $457,500; top renovations to bring up to standard: academic spaces $500,075.

WINSTEAD AVENUE — Report states: add parking at northern end of building, trim landscape trim to allow appropriate site supervision, replace and improve finishes and floor finishes, replace mechanical units; main building built 1998 valued at $9,610,590 with a replacement value of $10,224,032; deferred maintenance costs: $911,647; total cost to bring up to standard: $1,233,447; top maintenance issues: mechanical systems $250,000, new carpet $238,722, code/safety $126,190.

See next issue for middle schools report details.

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