$25M in bids awarded for elementary project

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JASPER — Base bids for the upcoming Jasper Elementary School project were officially awarded at Monday night’s Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools School Board meeting, pushing the project one step closer to its groundbreaking.

Jasper Elementary will merge the populations of Fifth Street School and Tenth Street Elementary when it opens at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

The cost of the construction and various pieces of equipment — not including alternate bid specifications that are still being discussed and soft costs that will add to the final cost — is $25,794,235. That number falls within the bond issue that will be used to fund the project, which is estimated to be $30,925,000.

“We’re within the budget,” said Scott Stenftenagel, The Stenftenagel Group’s clerk of the works who works alongside the corporation on construction projects.

Danco Construction of Evansville will be the building’s general contractor at a price of $16,290,455.

The school’s mechanical and plumbing bid package — which included the purchase of various pieces of equipment — was picked up by H.G. Heinz Inc. of Vincennes at a cost of $5,794,054.

Weyer Electric of Ferdinand will complete electrical work at the building, including the installation of an emergency generator and fire alarm system, at a cost of $2,709,300.

Central Restaurant Products of Indianapolis will supply the school’s kitchen equipment construction for $650,676.

Geyer Fire Protection of Indianapolis will complete the fire protection work for $349,750.

The project was broken into the five contracts to “allow more local bidders, more smaller companies,” rather than one contractor bidding the whole project, Stenftenagel said.

In a special meeting April 17, Stenftenagel requested more time to cull through the 18 contractor bids submitted for the project. The four extra days were enough.

The board will now take the alternate bids under advisement and hopes to discuss them at its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the corporation office, 1520 St. Charles St.

Some of the alternates on the table include items like terrazzo floors in common areas, the kind of windows that will be installed, the material the building’s roof will be made of, landscaping options, and more items not included in the price tag of the project’s base bids.

Those base bids will now go under legal advisement and meetings will begin between the corporation and the contractors.

Superintendent Tracy Lorey said she does not know when the project’s groundbreaking ceremony will take place — adding “hopefully sooner than later.”

“Once that is complete, no holds barred,” Lorey said. “They’ll just start digging and doing all of the necessary site work to get the proper elevations.”

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