Hollidaysburg Area School District files suit against contractor

The Hollidaysburg Area School District on Monday formally sued the contractor who performed the heating, ventilation and air conditioning work at the high school swimming pool area.

S.P. McCarl & Co. Inc. was the primary contractor for the project.

The lawsuit states that replacing allegedly defective rooftop-mounted dehumidification units is estimated at half a million dollars.

“We don’t have that kind of money,” board President Ron Yoder said after a recent school board meeting.

The complaint, filed by district solicitor David Andrews, alleges breach of contract, negligence and breach of warranties by S.P. McCarl. S.P. McCarl could not be reached on Monday afternoon.

The lawsuit also includes statements that work done by subcontractors of S.P. McCarl is the company’s responsibility. That might be a point S.P. McCarl rejects.

The history of the project extends back to the district’s 2008 major renovations to the district’s senior high school. S.P. McCarl was awarded the bid to be the district’s prime HVAC contractor for $8.5 million.

The project included renovations to the school’s natatorium, which entailed the installation of rooftop-mounted dehumidification units.

The units were intended to be coupled with a geothermal heating system to dehumidify and heat or condition the natatorium and to heat the pool’s water.

The units never worked, Yoder said.