Contractor name,D9 Hillside School to begin in early April

“This is the best School District 9 meeting I’ve been to,” said Board Chair Scott Grissom as he gaveled the special March 23, 2011 meeting to a close.

Some eight years after a fire devastated Eagle Point Junior High School, the District 9 Board of Directors approved a contract that will see construction within one or two weeks on Hillside Elementary.

Grissom wasn’t the only happy camper. Little Butte School Principal Lynn Scott who has been a member of the school planning committee for a number of years, shot  a popper of confetti  loose as the motion was approved.

Now for the facts.

There were four bidders who made it through all the preliminaries set out by David McKay, project manager from Willamette ESD and the committee. Each bid came in lower than was anticipated. The spread between the low base  bid of $7,729,000 and the highest bid of $7,997,000 was two percent. The bid was awarded to Kirby Naglehout Construction Co. of Bend. They have built this school six times.

The board of directors approved the base bid plus four alternates for a total bid of $8,136,000. The alternates were possible because the bid came in lower than originally anticipated. The difference between the base bid and the awarding of contract bid includes four alternates.

The alternates mean there will be two additional classrooms, a curtain between the stage and kitchen, storm drain along Main St. and water line along Tabor which will be reimbursed by the city.

In his presentation to the school board, McKay reminded those present that interim business manager  Dan Zacklin’s absolute bottom line was spend no more than is set aside for the project (money in the bank), build something that is useful, attractive with a 40-50 year lifespan and easily cared for, and save as much as possible to put a roof on Eagle Point High School.

To that end and with the $8,136,000 bid , a 2011 Capital Projects Budget was put together.

In that proposal is $1,347,357 is planned toward the high school roof and $428,806 as a 5% construction contingency.

Also included in the final cost is equipment and furnishings for the new school.

The district has $12,500,000 from insurance and interest for the capital projects budget.

Mckay said Apr. 4 is the mobilization day for construction. The building is scheduled for substantial  completion in late January of next year. Final completion Mar. 1, 2012 with move in during Spring break 2012.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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