On the move: School transport facility construction to start this month
By Brian Wudkwych
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Construction on a new $2.65 million, 15,000-square-foot transportation facility for Pitt County Schools is set to begin this month, according to Matt Johnson, PCS’s executive director of operations.
The school board approved construction contracting with Farrior & Sons Inc. on Monday. With the project design approximately 80 percent complete, the facility is expected to be completed in 12 months.
“I feel very good about this,” Johnson said during a school board work session. “It’s been a long time coming.”
Johnson said an exact start date has not been pinpointed, but the first steps involve digging and placing the foundation.
The facility’s new site will be off of Allen Road, near Woodridge Park Road in Greenville, where a PCS-owned warehouse already sits.
The $2.65 million price tag does not include an expected buildout on the already-existing warehouse.
PCS also can save $150,000 if it is out of its current facility by Dec. 9, 2018.
Designs for the new facility include eight bus service bays, one vehicle bay for standard pickup trucks, a wash bay, parts room, tire storage, fluids room, equipment room, offices and restrooms.
It also will feature an overhead crane, which will allow maintenance workers to safely work on the top of the buses.
Johnson said it will be a vast improvement from the current facility, which was built in 1964. Currently, bus repairs occasionally happen outside, putting workers in the elements.
“We’re looking at safety, we’re looking at flow, we’re looking at how to bring in computer monitors at these bays that they can actually look at inventory and look at buses and what they’ve done in the past,” Johnson said. “This design is going to bring us way ahead.”
All said, the new facilities will take up 10 of the 24 acres owned by Pitt County Schools at the Allen Road location. The other 14 acres likely will be used to park the buses in the summer, Johnson said.
In years past, the buses have been stored on a mere eight acres of land.
However, the 14 additional acres could be used to expand the facilities, Johnson said.
With Pitt County growing, the facility’s design is with the future in mind.
“It gives us a lot of room to grow in the future,” Johnson said. “If we decide in the future that we need another warehouse or another building, we have plenty of room to expand.”
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