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|Building Committee Recommends Bids
|The District 205 Building Committee met Friday afternoon to discuss the bids for Phase 1 improvements to the Master Facilities project at the High school.
Russell Construction has worked closely with the district to estimate the project costs and reported that the bids came in four percent under budget.
The district, with the cost estimate, came in $594,000 under budget which allows the project team to review the items on the alternate bid list.
The list of alternates was developed earlier in the year after the district was preparing for a shortage of funds.
Project Manager Lee Marbach says the team has been consistently under bid.
"We had to pick VE's to get within budget and get to where we wanted to and the focus for that is for bid day to come and for us to add in alternate budgets," says Marbach. "Bid day has come and we're right where we want to be so that's good."
A few of the bids selected were, in fact, not the lowest bid - but the team suggested that there need to be special circumstances to reject the lowest, including a lack of required bid scope.
The project team recommended the alternates still available for selection are the synthetic turf on the football field, sidewalk lighting, and a screenwall.
Interim Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Jim Rich says he thought highly of the way the interviews were conducted.
"They really scrutinized to go through and make sure they knew what the action they said they were going to bid, was," says Rich. "I was really happy with how that was all handled."
The football field turf would reportedly have to be decided on by June in order for the construction team to have sufficient time to implement it.
The building committee recommended the bids be recommended to the full board of education.
|04 26 13 by Newsroom
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