Cassville R-4's Rock Gym renovations begin next week

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cassville R-4 accepts bids on gym floor, building renovations

While children get a summer break and Cassville R-4 School District administrators do not, there will be some different kinds of work going on in the Rock Gym than what administrators are used to over the summer.

Beginning next week, renovations to the Rock Gym will begin and a new gym floor will be installed, replacing all that was damaged by the water main break in January.

The district recently accepted separate bids for the gym floor and for the building renovations.

For the gym floor, Director of Facilities and Operations Dusty Reid said the district received nine bids from three companies, including: Jarrett Enterprises, of Cabool; Lankford Enterprises, of Bucyrus, Kan.; and Sports Tech Services, of Tulsa, Okla.

"They were all very different proposals with different types of flooring and matting, and two of them came to the top," he said. "There was a substantial price difference, so we went with the cheaper one."

The district accepted a bid from Jared Enterprises for $93,040 for the new floor, not including upgrades to the joist system already in place. The bid covers removal and installation, including lining, molding and the base. the new floor will be 3-1/4-inch maple hardwood. The other top bid was from Lankford Enterprises, at a cost of $107,100.

According to Richard Asbill, superintendent of Cassville Schools, the entire cost of the gym floor replacement will be covered by the district's insurance.

Also accepted was a proposal from Control Technology Solutions Group, of Lenexa, Kan., regarding renovations of the building. CTS Group is also doing the district's bond projects, but the Rock Gym renovations are separate and paid out of the district's capital improvement fund.

The CTS Group bid is for $352,065 in renovations, including $196,648 for the board room and $155,417 for the gym. Also in the bid package was $22,000 for security upgrades, but Asbill said the district removed that portion because it would like to evaluate those issues a bit more.

Board room renovations will include: the expansion of the board room, bathrooms and kitchen; new ceilings and walls; new bathroom flooring; new interior doors and hardware; painting; lighting and the raising of the floor to eliminate the steps from the administration office.

The gym improvements will include: the installation of windows with insulated, low-e, dark bronze tint glass, a tuck-pointing on the exterior of the gym, painting and the addition of an HVAC system.

Asbill said about 70-80 percent of the work should be covered by the district's insurance, but the final amount has not been determined.

"There are parts of the project, like bringing parts of the building up to more current code, that will be at our cost," he said.

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