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9/7/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Bids for Northeast addition come in at $7.2 million, site work to be re-bid

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

Bids for construction of a new physical education and fitness center at Northeast Community High School in Goose Lake came in higher than anticipated at an Aug. 29 bid opening, but the biggest surprise was the absence of any bids for the site work portion of the project that must be completed before construction can proceed.

Rather than using a general contractor, Northeast has hired construction firm Modern Builders as the construction manager and bid the project out in multiple packages, soliciting separate bids for items such as poured concrete, pre-cast concrete, masonry, carpentry, mill work, roofing and painting.

A review of the 36-page bid tab provided by Modern Builders shows a total cost of approximately $7.2 million based on the lowest bids and without including any of the numerous project alternates, many of which have additional costs.

The cost could force Northeast to scale back its vision for the gym and science addition to stay within budget its budget of $7.4 million. The project is being funded by a general obligation bond issue approved by voters in April.

The district received bids for 27 of the 33 work packages, with competing bids in many instances, but no bids were received for site work, data wiring, furniture, smart boards, projector systems and flush overlay laboratory casework.

Architect Kevin McConnell said he was especially surprised no one bid the dirt work portion of the project because three contractors with sufficient equipment to do the job had shown interest and attended the pre-bid meeting a week earlier.

McConnell was unsure if they failed to bid because of the timing of the work, their workload or the complexity of the project.

"Obviously, the one bid we didn't receive is the one we need first, the dirt guy," McConnell said.

The architect will review the bid results with school board members, but the district will have to re-solicit bids to find a contractor for the site work, he said.

The lack of bids for the site work is a worst-case scenario, McConnell said, because the district had planned to start moving earth as quickly as possible and to re-bid other portions of the project if necessary to control costs.

"Some things were high, and some things I thought came in a little bit low," superintendent Jim Cox commented.

Cox said he needed more to time to review the bid results before making any additional comments.

The project includes the addition of approximately 46,000 square feet of building space to the existing middle/high school that will include three new science labs, a gymnasium, a physical education center, four locker rooms and a fitness center.

Exterior improvements include surrounding sidewalks, paving for 130 new parking spaces and a new baseball field with parking. Alternates include a fourth science room, modifications to the softball field, a concessions building and multiple parking areas.

The lowest base bids received for the work packages are:

•Concrete, $670,000, Portzen Construction.

•Pre-cast concrete, $167,735, Mid-States Concrete.

•Masonry, $875,500, Seedorff Masonry.

•Metal building structure and erection, $658,850, Modern Builders.

•Rough and finish carpentry, $219,400, Modern Builders.

•Casework and millwork, $171,510, Modern Builders.

•Science casework, $172,983, Iowa Direct.

•Metal roof and wall systems, $299,500, Modern Builders.

•EPDM roofing, $121,565, Jim Giese.

•Doors and hardware, $82,775, Modern Builders.

•Aluminum assemblies, $172,217, Zephyr Aluminum.

•Painting, $83,800, Moehr Painting.

•Floor coverings, $28,522, Floor Show Companies.

•Terrazo, $204,125, Modern Builders.

•Acoustical ceilings, $29,200, Artisan.

•Wood athletic flooring, $127,271, Iowa Direct.

•Specialties, $38,620, Modern Builders.

•Lockers, $47,586, Iowa Direct.

•Laboratory fume hoods, $19,356, Iowa Direct.

•Athletic equipment, $36,889, Iowa Direct.

•Telescoping seating system, $136,980, Iowa Direct.

•Fire suppression system, $110,000, Tri-State.

•HVAC control system, $161,080, Northwest Mechanical.

•Mechanical system, $1,494,000, Northwest Mechanical.

•Electrical systems, $710,000, American Electric.

•Sports lighting, $85,886, Ardent Lighting.

•Asphalt, $232,199, Determann Asphalt.

•Fencing, $89,850, American Fence.

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