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Havasu schools ready to begin $2M flooring project

November 22, 2018

Out with the old and in with the new, said the governing board of the Lake Havasu Unified School District. It’s time to replace all carpeted surfaces throughout the district.

Much of the carpeting is 20 years old – and looks like it. The weave is frayed, torn and bubbled in places, creating trip hazards. Miles of duct tape holds it together where seams have split.

Board member Kathy Cox abstained from voting at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled board meeting. The replacement project was an otherwise unanimous decision among board members Pat Rooney, Nichole Cohen and board President John Masden. Cox said she is a Berkshire Hathaway stockholder, which is the parent company of the firm that will provide and install the carpet.

Shaw Industries from Phoenix won the bid for the massive project. The cost is not to exceed $2,750,000. Business Services Director Mike Murray said the tab is expected to be in the neighborhood of $2,000,000, but extra funds were allotted because it is unknown what problems lie beneath the existing carpets. Remediation of troubled areas will drive up the cost.

“If they pull up carpet and see moisture, they’re going to have to seal that,” before installing the new floorcovering, Murray said, citing an example.

The project will be paid for with money from 2016’s $49 million bond that was earmarked for capital improvements.

The district elected to install synthetic carpet tiles that are 24-inch squares. Manufactured in the United States, the pinstripe-patterned tiles are gray, black and white and will be used throughout the district. The tiles simplify future replacement if and when damage occurs, versus replacing large sections had broadloom carpet been installed. A fair quantity of carpet tiles will be stored by the district for replacement purposes.

The floorcovering replacement project will begin at Lake Havasu High School during winter break. The work is expected to be wrapped up during summer break, with crews also working on the project when school is not in session during long weekends and other breaks.

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