PA ID# 037-91183; William S. Hart Union High School District
DSR ID# 21722,21725,21726,21727,21728; Demolition and Replacement of Portable Classrooms
PURPOSE: Respond to third appeal of the William S. Hart Union High School District for removal and replacement of portable classrooms.
DISCUSSION: The school's gymnasium was declared unsafe for occupancy after the Northridge earthquake. Three portable classrooms were located close to the gymnasium, but did not incur any documented damages. The subgrantee requested that FEMA fund the demolition and replacement of the portables elsewhere on campus to make room for the new expanded gymnasium. DSRs 21722 and 21725 through 21728 were prepared for $119,875 for this purpose. With the approval of DSR 50012 for in-kind facility replacement, those DSRs were ruled ineligible. The first appeal claimed that it was more cost-effective to remove the portables than to work around them. FEMA determined that the least expensive alternative would be to fund temporary classrooms during construction, and keep the portables in place. DSR 78314 was prepared for $38,530 to fund the temporary classrooms. The second appeal stated that keeping the three portables next to the new gymnasium would violate the UBC clearance requirements for fire lanes. The subgrantee contended that the most cost-effective way of meeting the code was to demolish the portables. FEMA stated that the portables were too close to the gymnasium before the disaster so correcting this condition is not eligible. The third appeal repeats the second appeal's arguments, and disputes the reason for the denial of the second appeal. The subgrantee claims that pre-disaster conditions are irrelevant to current code compliance. A subsequent letter from the subgrantee revised the claimed amount to $113,991 of actual costs. This analysis has concluded that the removal of the portable classrooms was necessary to comply with code requirements related to the construction of the new gymnasium. A DSR should be prepared for $113,991 to fund the eligible scope of work as described in the enclosed analysis.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Sign the letter granting this appeal.