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$5.5M Addition, Upgrades OK’d for Gregory Elementary


​​​The Rockford School Board tonight approved addition and renovation work at Gregory Elementary School, set to begin in June. The 14,780 square-foot addition and upgrades are worth nearly $5.5 million and should be complete by the start of the 2017-18 school year.

The addition will include five classrooms, space for storage/electrical equipment, a new gymnasium and offices. The upgrades will include a secure main entrance and vestibule. The school’s existing gymnasium will be renovated as a classroom and cafeteria.

RPS 205 uses a blind bid process and awards work to the lowest-responsible bidder. Seven companies attended a mandatory pre-bid meeting in November, and five companies submitted bids in December: 


  • ​Stenstrom General Contractor - Design/Build $5,479,000 
  • Cord Construction Company $5,542,500 
  • Schmeling Construction Company $5,615,000 
  • Rockford Structures Construction Company $5,657,000 
  • Winter Construction Inc. $6,047,000 ​


Winter Construction Inc. was deemed non-responsive because officials did not submit the required documentation at the time of the bid opening. 

Stenstrom General Contractor – Design/Build, submitted the lowest-responsible bid. The School Board awarded the work to Stenstrom tonight for $5,479,000. 

The project budget is $5,389,211. The total cost of $5,479,000 has been captured in the board-approved capital plan; $89,789 will come from the capital contingency fund. Funding for the project is, in part, through a voter-approved $139 million bond referendum.

The School Board will be asked to approve an addition and updates for Riverdahl Elementary School in the coming months.

Additions have already been completed at the following schools under the Facilities Master Plan: Auburn, East, Guilford and Jefferson high schools; Johnson, Conklin, Lathrop, Spring Creek, Froberg and McIntosh elementary schools.

​Additions and renovations are underway now at West View, Welsh, Marsh, Swan Hillman and Whitehead elementary schools. They should be complete by the start of the 2016-17 school year.