Spring Valley elementary school board approved four construction bids Wednesday for a $14.5 million addition to John F. Kennedy School.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said engineer Frank Maras of HDR Engineering Inc., Springfield before he presented recommended bids.
The district has planned such a project for 13-15 years, he said. The 46,100 square-foot addition is designed to accommodate increasing enrollment and to mitigate the aging Lincoln School.
All bids together were a modest 3.8 percent over estimate, Maras said. A state capital development grant would cover 75 percent. Construction would begin this summer and opening would be July 2014, Maras said. The new building would connect to the north side of the existing school.
The board awarded low bids of:
- $10,050,000 for general contracting to Williams Brothers Construction, Inc., Peoria.
- $687,000 for plumbing to JB Contracting Corp., La Salle.
- $145,400 for fire protection to Absolute Fire Protection, Rockford.
- $269,626 for temperature controls to Johnson Controls Inc., East Peoria.
These awards are “subject to mutual price reductions in the contract to be finalized on or before April 26.”
The board tabled low bids of $1,962,000 for heating/ventilation/air conditioning from Commercial Mechanical Inc., Dunlap and $1,939,301 for electrical from JB Contracting. Commercial Mechanical’s bid was 12 percent over estimate and JB’s bid was 57 percent over estimate. The board and contractors have 60 days from bid opening last week to negotiate lower prices, Maras said.
Architect Bill VanDusen of Allied Design, Consultants Inc., Springfield outlined possible cost reductions, such as aluminum instead of copper for some electrical wiring and water source instead of geothermal for heating.
Water source is less efficient. It would be cheaper at the outset but would be more costly over the life of the building because water source burns natural gas and geothermal uses the free temperature regulation of subsurface earth, VanDusen said.
Switching from LED to fluorescent lights also would show a savings up front but LED uses much less electricity and would lower utility bills, he said.
Other cost reductions are possible, such as finding an alternative to wax-less floor tiles, Maras said.
The board also is considering adding an air conditioning project at the existing JFK school, Maras said.
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