David McKay, Willamette ESD and project manager for the new school, gave the District 9 Board of Directors an update on Hillside Elementary at the Jan. 12 board of directors meeting. Jackson County School District #9, in partnership with Willamette Education Service District (WESD), is pleased with the progress, said McKay.
The architectural firm of BBT Architects is continuing the construction document phase of the project. The Board received a 50% complete set of documentation for their review and approval. This submission included detailing of the architectural, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as details on the kitchen equipment and site improvements. BBT Architects remains on schedule to deliver the final set of documents to the board at their Feb. 9 meeting.
Phase 1 of construction had been previously released for contract bidding. This phase is the site package for building pad grading. It allows for the fire line and hydrants to be installed. It also includes excavation and structural gravel fill beneath the building and parking lots to be completed. This phase also will implement erosion control measures at the site. Eleven bids were received. The bids for completing this phase were opened on Jan. 11. After reviewing the bids the board awarded the contract to Batzer Construction in the amount of $237,420. Timelines call for this work to be completed by early March of 2011.
The process to prequalify general contractors to bid on the building construction is underway. This is the first step in a two step process to select the contractor. This Request for Qualification (RFQ) prequalifies a group of highly qualified contractors with school experience. These contractors would then be given an opportunity to submit a response during the second step in the process, an Invitation to Bid (ITB). The district will then review the submissions from the ITB process and award the contract to the low bid among responsive, pre-qualified contractors. The RFQ process is scheduled to be completed by mid-February.
“It is going remarkably well. The city has been very cooperative,” said McKay.