Dare Schools provide update on FFES and FFMS cleanup

By on August 19, 2023

On Aug. 19, the Dare County Schools issued this update on the “mold mitigation and air quality restoration and air quality control restoration efforts at First Flight Elementary School (FFES) and First Flight Middle School (FFMS) campuses.”

During an emergency meeting of the Dare County Board of Education on Aug. 16, the board, at Superintendent Steve Basnight’s request, approved spending about $933,000 to hire a company, Builder Services, to immediately address humidity control and mold cleanup problems created by inoperable boilers in the two schools. This phase of the work is expected to be completed by the start of school on Aug. 28.

Here is the Aug. 19 information.

After conducting a thorough inspection of both school buildings Thursday, Aug. 18, Builder Services developed an equipment location map and began installing and running dehumidification equipment. This ongoing effort has vastly improved the measured humidity levels throughout both schools. Once humidity levels were properly maintained, crew members began meticulously cleaning air ducts and returns using HEPA-vacuums, as well as furniture. Air-scrubbers were also strategically positioned throughout the buildings to purify the air.

An industrial hygienist who specializes in air quality testing, collected samples across the buildings Thursday that were sent off for analysis. Dare County Schools is currently awaiting those results. During this time, maintenance staff from Dare County Schools began washing coils in HVAC units, replacing ceiling tiles, and cleaning HVAC vents and returns within gymnasium ceilings.

The Incident Response Team convened Friday at noon to review Builder Services progress report and will continue to receive status updates during virtual meetings held Sunday, Aug. 20 and Monday, Aug. 21. Dare County Schools will provide further updates following Monday’s meeting.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roong

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to interiors@cwiusa.com. Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to interiors@cwiusa.com. Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.



  • charlie

    and the missing boiler parts were part of the original contract for the boilers?.. How long have they been on back order?…if a contractor failed to fulfill his contract why would the school district assume the costs for remediation?…

    Sunday, Aug 20 @ 7:36 am
  • Larry

    It seems odd that NC school systems got COVID money to upgrade / replace HVAC systems specifically to address filtration problems . Wonder where that money went … FYI the mold had be identified and cleaned previously.

    Monday, Aug 21 @ 8:29 am