April 6, 2020
Later this week, construction work will resume at the site of the planned Lower Merion School District middle school at 1860 Montgomery Avenue in Villanova. At LMSD's request, the contractors developed and submitted safety plans incorporating current CDC and Department of Health guidelines. LMSD is allowing the contractors to resume work in accordance with those safety plans and the guidelines established by the Pa. Department of Education:
All school district construction decisions should appropriately balance public health and safety while ensuring the continued safety of critical infrastructure. School districts and the contractors must ensure continuance of and compliance with the social distancing and other mitigation measures to protect employees and the public, including virtual and telework operations (e.g. work from home) as the primary option when available, as have been or will be established by the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The work at 1860 Montgomery is related to site work, including site clearing, the removal of topsoil and rock from the site and eventually the blasting work, about which the immediate neighbors have already been informed. Blasting will occur in accordance with requirements of Lower Merion Fire Department and be monitored appropriately. Resumption of this site work is necessary to maintain the timeline to open the new school in September 2022 to answer the challenge of growing enrollment in LMSD.
In addition to the work at 1860 Montgomery, LMSD contractors will begin work on the shingle roof replacement Merion Elementary School. This work, which was originally scheduled for the summer, will be suspended if and when the school reopens.
Anyone with questions regarding the resumption of District construction work can contact LMSD Project Manager Gary Musial at email@example.com.