2010-05-08 / News

Contracts awarded for new middle school

By Charles Prince

BALTIMORE – Liberty Union Thurston school board members unanimously approved eight contracts totaling $9,405,895 at a special meeting Monday afternoon.

Four of the awards – totaling $7,521,600 – are for the construction of the new middle school. The construction bids were $590,709 or 7.3 percent below the estimates.

Seven of the eight apparent low bidders were awarded contracts. S & S Sprinkler, the apparent low bidder for fire protection, withdrew its bid after the March 9 bid opening. The second low bidder – Karr Construction – was awarded the fire protection contract. Karr’s bid was $85,800, $11,700 more than S & S, but still $9,778 below the estimate.

Two of the remaining four contracts – food service and technology – are for the high school and the middle school. One contract is for flooring materials for the high school renovation project. The final contract for $26,395 is for the abatement of a leaking fuel tank.

The four construction contractors will receive formal notices to proceed on May 10. That gives them 10 days to move on-site, but Superintendent Paul Mathews expects them to beat that deadline.

The first phase – western portion of the first floor – of the high school renovation project is complete and back in use. Phase 2, which consists of the high school gym, locker rooms and surrounding hallways; and five classrooms on the second floor, is now underway Phase 3, which consists of the rest of the building, begins right after graduation. Contractors will have total control of the building for the extended summer break. The first day of school has been pushed back to Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The board’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 10, in the high school library.

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