The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 12, 2012

Bids on school project come in lower than estimates

BY CAROL ROEHM
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Danville School District 118 officials are pleased bids to renovate East Park Elementary School have come in about $500,000 less than architects’ estimates.

“We were extremely pleased that the bids came in less than the architects’ estimates,” Superintendent Mark Denman said.

“That’s excellent news and gives us a little more flexibility.”

East Park will be the third and final school to be improved in District 118’s three-year renovation project. During the last two years, South View and North Ridge middle schools have been renovated.

The East Park project was put out to bid in four packages — general contractor, electrical, plumbing and mechanical — during the first week of November. Those bids were opened Friday afternoon, and the school board will review the bids at its meeting tonight and decide whether to accept them.

McDowell Builders of Sidell submitted the lowest bid of six contractors at $7,765,906 for general contract work at East Park.

Strahl Mechanical of Danville was the only bidder to submit a bid for mechanical work at $4,355,614.

Strahl Mechanical also was the lowest of four bidders at $796,940 for plumbing work.

Glesco Electric of Urbana was the lowest of three bidders at $1,048,821 for electrical work.

All four of the lowest bidders have worked on the renovation projects at South View and North Ridge middle schools.

Depending on how well the bond sale went Tuesday, school board members tonight also could decide to add one of two options to the architects’ base bid.

“We won’t make a recommendation (on the options) until we know the results of the bond sale,” Denman said.

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 for a total project estimate of $12.3 million. With the low bids, the base project plus Option 1 would cost a total of $11.8 million, or approximately $500,000 less than estimated.

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 for a total project estimate of $12.95 million. With the low bids, the base project plus Option 2 would cost a total of $12.5 million, or approximately $450,000 less than architects’ estimates.