R-IV board awards bid for new school

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Cassville R-IV School Board has hired a general contractor to construct a new intermediate school that will serve third, fourth and fifth grade students.

Dalton-Killinger was the successful low bidder on the project. The Joplin-based company submitted a base bid of $4,277,587 as well as a bid of $653,567 for Alternate #1, a bid of $37,566 for Alternate #2 and a bid of $50,851 for alternate #4 for a total bid price of $5,019,571.

Alternate #1 involves the addition of seven classrooms and a set of restrooms to expand the facility to serve third grade students. Alternates #2 and #4 cover the cost of on-site electric work and technology cable.

Dalton-Killinger was in competition with three other bidders. Don Crawford Construction was the second lowest bidder with a total bid of $5,151,000. The third lowest bid of $5,372,200 was submitted by Branco. The highest bidder was Larry Snyder and Co. who submitted a total bid of $5,810,000.

"We were expecting the bids to be higher, so we were very pleased," said Superintendent Jim Orrell.

Based on the bid received from Dalton-Killinger, the district will be paying $97.73 a square foot to construct the new intermediate school.

"That's a pretty good figure compared to the bids other schools are receiving," said Orrell.

Because of the favorable bids, the R-IV Board decided to expand the original intermediate school plan to include room for third grade classrooms. The board's decision was also influenced by the fact that the district has been able to build up capital improvement funds over the last few years.

The $7.1 million bond issue, which includes construction of a new intermediate school and additions on the high school campus, will be supplemented by district funds.

When completed, the intermediate school will encompass 55,314 square feet of space in a two-level facility, which will be built north of the old Rock Gym.

The lower level of the building will include 10 classrooms, a cafeteria, a kitchen, restrooms, a nurse's office and a work room. The upper level will include 18 classrooms, a media center, an office area and restrooms. The school will be served by an elevator to meet ADA requirements.

"The only time intermediate students will have to leave the new facility will be for music and p.e. (physical education)," Orrell said.

The superintendent hopes construction on the new school building will begin in the next two to three weeks.

In addition to hiring a general contractor for the project, the R-IV board also awarded bids for equipment and furnishings as follows:

• Bill Welch & Associates, Inc., $50,320, metal lockers.

• Arnold-Newbanks, Inc., $187,500, prefinished cabinets.

• Fellers Fixtures, $183,452, kitchen equipment.

• Kansas Builders Supply, $42,900, hardware.

The district proceeded with the building improvement plan after district voters overwhelmingly approved the bond issue proposal last April.

Work has already begun on a classroom addition and a new agriculture and technology facility at the high school. The total price tag for these two projects stands at $2,117,000.

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