Construction will begin this fall for a new school to replace the existing Kishwaukee and Nelson elementary schools in Rockford's ORCHiD neighborhood. The Rockford School Board tonight agreed to hire Stenstrom General Contractor – Design/Build Group to build the 86,000 square-foot K-5 school for $17.7M. The school will have four strands (four kindergarten classrooms, four first grade classrooms, etc.). It's expected to be ready for students at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
RPS 205 uses a blind bid process and awards work to the lowest responsible bidder. Six companies were represented at a pre-bid meeting, and two companies submitted bids:
- Stenstrom General Contractor: $17,706,375
- Scandroli Construction: $18,278,200
The project was awarded under budget. The City of Rockford will reimburse the district for a portion of the work: $92,000 to improve the water distribution system.
Building two elementary schools is part of board-approved facilities plan to upgrade RPS 205 buildings and shrink the district's footprint. The School Board approved an updated 10-year facilities plan in August 2014, based on in-depth analysis and community input. That plan outlined closing eight buildings and building 13 elementary school additions and two new schools.
The School Board hired CannonDesign in February 2016 to design two elementary schools. Construction is already underway on a new school in Cherry Valley.
Officials identified the locations to build the schools in July 2016. This school will be located in the ORCHiD neighborhood and consolidate students in Kishwaukee and Nelson elementary schools.
In other business: The School Board also approved site improvements at Nashold and Bloom elementary schools:
- $427,800 to Stenstrom Excavation and Blacktop Group for additional parking, parent drop-off lanes, utility work, site lighting and upgrades to address water retention at Nashold Elementary.
- $276,000 to Rockford Structures for pavement/parking improvements at Bloom Elementary.