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Asbestos found in exterior Whisconier Middle School gym wall during restoration

Bids have come in higher than expected on restoration of the exterior Whisconier Middle School gym wall in Brookfield.  The project consists of repairs to one side and two corners of an external wall.  An environmental analysis found asbestos in samples of paint and caulking from the exterior east wall.  Results yielded positive presence of asbestos with levels at 4% for the paint and 5% for the caulking.  The project for restoration was approved at a cost of $700,000.  Bids came in at nearly $800,000.  Asbestos monitoring and specialized testing came back at $27,800 dollars in unanticipated costs.  Contingency and soft costs at a standard 5-percent were not included and would be little more than $41,000.  The additional funding required is $164,500. 

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