Contracts for elementary school total $12.5m; under expectations

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Storm Lake School Board accepted four bids Tuesday for the construction of the new elementary school, adding up to a price tag lower than anticipated.

Woodruff Construction, a familiar firm from Fort Dodge that constructed Buena Vista's science center and the BV County Jail, will serve as the general contractor at a cost of $8.2 million. Tessier's, Inc. was awarded the mechanical construction with its bid of $2.6 million. The electrical construction was awarded to McClellan Electric at a cost of $1.5 million and Control Systems Specialists will complete the temperature control work at a cost of $156,000.

The grand total to these contractors is $12.5 million.

Architect Ken Wictor of Neumann, Monson, Wictor Architects of Sioux City, was on hand at the special meeting this week and reminded the board that that total does not include items such as room furnishings, the telephone system, outside fencing, the security system, landscaping or computers.

Bids were also reviewed for caseworkers (Innovative Lab Systems - $294,540), wardrobe lockers (Iowa Direct - $116,990) and bleachers (Seating and Athletic - $70,646). Representatives from these three companies will be invited to a special meeting next week to go over their products with the board. If these three companies are found to provide satisfactory materials, an additional half million dollars will be approved to cover the work.

Site work is moving along, at a cost of about $650,000.

Several issues are being worked out including material for the gym floor. "There are also a few snags with the glass company but these are a few hang-ups but no concern of yours," Wictor told the board. "These issues are between them and the contractors, we serve only as the referee."

Wictor is very pleased with the bids that the board accepted and shared that the district will be paying an approximate $91 per square foot for the approximately 130,000-square-foot structure.

"That is a good price," he told the board, explaining that many school construction projects run about $110-$145 per square-foot.

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