Cleanup at FFMS and FFES now fully complete

By on August 29, 2023

On Aug. 28, the Dare County Schools issued an update on the efforts at mold mitigation and air quality at First Flight Middle and Elementary Schools. The issue emerged into public view on Aug. 16 when the Dare County Board of Education approved spending about $933,000 to immediately address humidity control and mold cleanup problems created by inoperable boilers in the two schools in time for the new school year.

The release indicates that the cleanups at both schools have now been completed and that the boilers will be installed by the end of the month. Here is the information.

Mold mitigation experts completed cleanup work at First Flight Middle School (FFMS) over the weekend. All rooms in the building have passed air quality assessments and received clearance to reopen. One room at FFMS was recleaned over the weekend and retested by industrial hygienists this morning. Air quality vendors shared the room’s lab results this afternoon and granted Dare County Schools clearance to reopen the room tomorrow morning.

Dare County Schools received clearance from two air quality vendors to reopen both schools Aug. 22, with the exception of one room in each school building. The two remaining rooms have both passed air quality evaluations, rendering both campuses safe and mold-free.

The boiler replacement project at both campuses, while necessary for the long-term functionality of the buildings, temporarily disrupted the control of humidity within the schools, leading to damp conditions and isolated instances of surface mold growth earlier this month. Dare County Schools has received the manufactured component needed to complete the installation of FFES’ and FFMS’ boilers. The district’s maintenance department estimates the boilers at both schools will be installed and inspected by Thursday, Aug. 31. Builder Services will continue to assist with humidity control until the project is completed.



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: Roofing

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 for more information.

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


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