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December 7, 2012

Board to consider East Park project bids

DANVILLE — The bid results for work at East Park Elementary School — the third and final school to be improved in District 118’s three-year renovation project — will be considered by the Danville District 118 school board Wednesday night.

The East Park project was put out to bid in four packages — general contractor, electrical, plumbing and mechanical — during the first week of November.

South View Middle School was renovated in 2010-2011, and work at North Ridge Middle School is on schedule with completion expected this month. Those two facilities along with East Park, which formerly was a junior high school until the 1980s, originally were constructed as junior highs in 1961.

“We’re ready for the renovation of the last school, the largest school,” Superintendent Mark Denman said.

“Work may start as early as Christmas break,” he added.

If construction gets under way soon, the renovations could be substantially completed by mid-August 2013.

In October, architects from Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis estimated the cost of the East Park project, without any alternates, to be between $10.75 million and $11.75 million.

By comparison, the renovation work at South View cost $12.3 million, while renovations at North Ridge cost $13.8 million.

The base project includes installing a new roof, replacing the sidewalks around the school, grading the land around the building, replacing drainage pipes and making them larger in the courtyards, replacing the fixtures and repairing the restrooms, creating two new classrooms in a commons area that might be used as a computer lab and paving the school’s parking lot as well as the road around the school that connects to Colfax Street.

The possibility of building a cafetorium like at South View and North Ridge has been ruled out. However, depending on how the bids come in, school board members will consider two options that could be added to the architects’ base bid.

Option 1 would entail constructing an addition to the east side of the gymnasium for a cafeteria with a seating capacity of 448 that would adjoin the existing kitchen. That alternate work is estimated to cost an additional $1.55 million to $1.65 million

Option 2 would entail the construction of a new cafeteria with a seating capacity of 448 and a new kitchen built in the large grassy area to the south of the main entrance of school.

That alternate work is estimated to cost an additional $2.2 million to $2.3 million.

“We’re not going to make a recommendation on the options until we know how much money we’ll receive,” Denman said, referring to Tuesday’s bond sale.

“I think they are good options,” he added. “It just depends how the bids come in.”

Also on Wednesday, school board members will:

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