Five Eastpointe Community Schools buildings, including Bellview Elementary, will receive new outdoor canopies this year.

Five Eastpointe Community Schools buildings, including Bellview Elementary, will receive new outdoor canopies this year.

Rendering provided by Eastpointe Community Schools


Eastpointe Board of Education approves canopy project bid

By: Maria Allard | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 25, 2022

 At the Jan. 10 Board of Education meeting, the school board unanimously approved a contract for new canopies at the front entrances of five school buildings, including Forest Park Elementary School.

At the Jan. 10 Board of Education meeting, the school board unanimously approved a contract for new canopies at the front entrances of five school buildings, including Forest Park Elementary School.

Rendering provided by Eastpointe Community Schools

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EASTPOINTE — The front entrances of several Eastpointe Community Schools buildings soon will receive a new look.

At the Jan. 10 Board of Education meeting, the school board unanimously approved a contract for new front entrance canopies at the Early Learning Center and at the district’s four elementary schools: Bellview, Forest Park, Crescentwood and Pleasantview.

The district received proposals from two firms before the Dec. 21 bid deadline. The bid was awarded to Bernco Inc. for $677,900. The St. Clair Shores company was the lower bidder.

“Based on the bids received, the post-bid interview and contractor qualifications, PARTNERS In Architecture is pleased to recommend that the Board of Education award the contract to Bernco Inc., in the amount of $677,900,” bond manager Darren R. McKenna, registered architect of PARTNERS In Architecture PLC based in Mount Clemens, wrote in a letter to Eastpointe Community Schools Executive Director of Business and Operations Robert Carlesso.

Money from the district’s 3 mills sinking fund millage that passed in November 2019 will fund the canopy project. The sinking fund levies 3 mills, which is $3 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.

According to the memorandum, the scope of the work includes the construction of masonry, steel and composite metal canopies at all the elementary schools and the Early Learning Center. In some cases, the existing canopies will be removed and/or modified to accommodate the new canopies.

The project also will include new concrete paving at the main entries where existing paving will be disturbed, and new power and lighting within the canopy construction.

“They will provide shelter for students and enhance the curb appeal,” Carlesso said. “It will look great.”

Construction is expected to begin this spring. It’s unclear at this time if crews will work at one school at a time or all the schools at once. The work is required to be completed by Aug. 19.

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