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Addition OK’d at Welsh Elementary School


The Rockford School Board tonight approved the fifth and final major elementary school construction project scheduled to begin this summer. Construction will begin later this month on an addition to Welsh Elementary School. Major construction projects are already underway at West View, Marsh, Swan Hillman, Welsh and Whitehead elementary schools.

The 20,533 square-foot addition and upgrades at Welsh are worth nearly $5.9 million. The addition will feature a gymnasium and classrooms, new windows, a secure entryway, mechanical and electrical upgrades, and a new parking lot and pick-up and drop-off area in front of the school. The school’s original main entrance in front of the building will again serve as the school’s main entrance. The work also includes remodeling the majority of the existing classrooms.

Stenstrom General Contractor – Design/Build submitted the lowest responsible bid at $5,895,000. Five companies attended the pre-bid meeting, and four companies submitted bids:

  • Stenstrom General Contractors - Design/Build: $5,895,000
  • Cord Construction: $5,900,000
  • Larson & Larson Builders, Inc.: $6,126,225
  • Ringland Johnson Construction Company: $6,483,000

    total project budget is $6,422,627; this project was awarded under budget.

District staff, students and the community celebrated the start of summer construction earlier this month with a ceremonial groundbreaking at West View. The projects are funded, in part, by a $139 million voter-approved bond referendum. All five additions and upgrades are expected to be complete by the start of school in August 2016. Additions at each of the five schools will include air conditioning.

In other business: Sjostrom & Sons, Inc. will renovate the Kennedy Middle School pool for $1,022,000. The School Board awarded the bid Tuesday to the lowest responsible bidder. Renovations include: new concrete, pumps, filter and pool equipment, new pool gutter drain and drainage system, new ceramic tile on the pool deck, fresh paint, lighting and HVAC systems. 

The pool budget in FY16 is $810,000; the HVAC budget is $150,000. The remaining $62,000 will be covered through the capital project contingency fund. Four companies attended a pre-bid meeting, and three companies submitted bids: 

  • Sjostrom & Sons, Inc.: $1,022,000
  • Rockford Structures Construction Company: $1,111,100
  • Stuckey Construction Company, In​c.: $1,135,000

High School Sound Upgrades: The School Board also approved spending $390,375.17 for sound upgrades at East, Guilford and Jefferson high schools. (Upgrades at Auburn High School are planned in the coming years; Auburn has had sound upgrades more recently than the other high schools.) Three companies attended a pre-bid meeting, and two companies submitted bids. The Administration allocated $280,000 in the district’s capital plan for the project; $110,375.17 will be funded with capital project contingency. The bid awards are as follows:

  • ​$135,316 to Kelso-Burnett Co. for Guilford auditorium sound upgrades and Jefferson gymnasium sound upgrades
  • $255,059.17 to FBP Systems, Inc. for East and Jefferson auditorium sound upgrades. 

    New Roof at Flinn Middle School: McDermaid Roofing and Insulation Company will do roof work at Flinn Middle School for $1,668,200. McDermaid was deemed the lowest responsible bidder for the reroofing project. Seven companies attended the pre-bid meeting; five companies submitted bids. Distinctive Roofing, Inc. was found nonresponsive for not having submitted required documentation at the time of the bid opening.

The total project budget is $1,813,000. The base bid will be covered via insurance ($1,443,000) and the district’s life safety funds ($133,200). Alternate No. 1, worth $92,000, will be covered by the capital fund.​