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By: David Defever

Lansing – The Lansing School District chose Laux Construction to rebuild a partially collapsed concrete wall at Sexton High School for $41,605.


Collapsed wall at Sexton High School
Photo: David Defever

A section of the south exterior wall of the pool at Sexton High School collapsed Feb. 27 after separating from the roof, said Sam Sinicropi, Lansing school district assistant superintendent of operations.

Over the years, people have damaged the wall with their vehicles, which has weakened it, said Todd Coe, Lansing school district project coordinator.  It’s been exposed to the outside causing expansion due to the cold weather and warm temperature from the pool inside.

It’s far enough out of the way that it doesn’t cause a hazard to students in and outside of the school, he said.

The school received six bids on the project.

Laux Construction, Moore Trosper, HBC Contracting, LJ Trumble, Bornor Restoration and Mark 1 Restoration were among the qualified bidders.

“Our office posted the bid to the district’s purchasing site, advertised the bid on the State of Michigan purchasing site, advertised in the Lansing State Journal and with a variety of commercial construction advertising,” said Debbra Simpson, Lansing school district purchasing department employee.

Laux Construction bid $41,608, Moore Trosper bid $47,435, HBC Contracting $48,740, LJ Trumble bid $49,817, Bornor Restoration bid $63,142 and Mark 1 Restoration bid $73,100.

“We’ve evaluated all the bids and Laux Construction was our best option,” said Simpson.  “We still need board approval to finalize it, but their company is familiar with the school district because they’ve done numerous construction projects for us in the past.”

The Lansing School Board of Education approved the contract March 21.

“It’s going to take a little bit of time after approval to start this project because of processing paper work,” Coe said.  “We’re not going to put anyone in jeopardy, but the project will take 25-30 days.”

Only a portion of the wall collapsed, but the entire 18-foot by 72-foot wall is going to be replaced.

“We’re taking the whole thing down because were not going to have this happen again,” Coe said.  “That’s why it costs so much.”

It’s going to be a lot cleaner and look way better than before after rebuilding everything, he said.

While the school waits for renovations to take place, a wooden wall and barricades have been installed temporarily around the affected area for safety purposes.  Students have been advised to park away from the west wing to avoid further damage.


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