Storm Lake's new elementary school project moved another step forward Thursday, as Board of Education members awarded a $1.2 million contract to Lundell Construction of Cherokee for site work at the location, adjacent to the middle school.
Bids for the project were due in the superintendent's office by Wednesday.
The project will consist of preliminary site grading for the building, along with water and sanitary sewer service, storm drainage, access drives, parking and other infrastructure improvements for the first phase of the construction of the school.
Board member Ed McKenna asked engineer Bob Payer if there would be additional costs if something is discovered that was not planned for.
"We'll be as frugal as possible for getting a good product" Payer said of the school project, "but there is no guarantee that there won't be change orders."
He said it is rare that a project, especially one to this magnitude, doesn't have change orders.
"We understand the budget," he said.
Included in the work will be temporary seeding (at an estimated cost of $3,700) and permanent seeding (an estimated cost of $7,500) of lawns. Payer said that while the work is in progress, the temporary seeding will be done in areas that are disturbed by the construction but not built on, to keep the area from having runoff problems. The permanent seeding will be completed in the later stages of the project with a mixture of three types of grasses.
The board also held a public hearing and awarded contracts for work to be completed at the baseball/softball complex which will be shared by the SL School District and Buena Vista University.
Construction is expected to begin in August and it is anticipated the complex will be completed and in use by next spring as BVU begins its season.
Iowa Athletic Field Construction was awarded the contract for the softball and baseball field work, at a total cost of $76,700.