Board sends out three bids again
A public hearing Thursday evening drew no community members as the Fairfield school board approved sending out three bid packages for the high school renovation for a second try.
The board had rejected at an April 2 meeting the three highest bid packages of 10 that were let in March.
The Fairfield High School renovation project was broken down into 10 bid packages, including general construction, masonry, roofing, glass and glazing, acoustical ceilings, tiling and flooring, elevator, plumbing and air handling, test and balance, and electrical.
When all the bids were reviewed, the total was $2 million over-budget.
After reviewing options with StruXture Architects, Carl A. Nelson & Co., construction manager, and Fred McElwee, school district auxiliary services director, the board agreed to re-bid the largest bid package, the general construction bid, as well as the masonry package and the tiling and flooring package.
“We’ve had the contractors on the other seven bids received in March sign an agreement that the bids are good until May 30,” said McElwee. “The project scope remains the same.”
The FHS renovation project includes adding a wrestling room, a science wing and a west side elevator; remodeling the fitness area, industrial technology rooms, locker rooms, air handling systems — including adding air-conditioning — a main office remodel and location change, a new front entrance and a fine arts space in the building’s northwest corner.
“Those are all what I call ‘heavy remodel,’” said McElwee. “The rest of the building will get a ‘light remodel’ throughout.”
The completion date remains in the fall of 2015, though the start date has been delayed by seeking re-bids.
“We’ll start as soon as possible if the re-bids come in good,” said McElwee.
“The drawings and bids went out this [Thursday] morning.”
A pre-bid meeting is set for 2 p.m. April 30 at the high school, with the opportunity for contractors to have a walk-through the building and talk with the architect, construction manager and McElwee.
Bids on the three packages are due at 2 p.m. May 15.