The Rockford School Board tonight approved a $5.2 million addition to West View Elementary School, the first of five elementary school additions expected to break ground in June. The construction project was awarded in a blind bid process to Rockford Structures Construction Company, the lowest of three bidders on the project. The bid was $5,227,600, nearly $300,000 under the planned RPS 205 budget for the addition and upgrades.
The Administration recommended the School Board award both the base bid for the addition and Alternate No. 2 to modernize the heating and ventilating system for the original building. Bid amounts:
Rockford Structures Construction Company
Base Bid: $5,170,000
Alternate 2: $107,600
Cord Construction Company
Base Bid: $5,432,000
Alternate 2: $135,300
Stenstrom General Contractor - Design/Build Group
Base Bid: $5,895,000
Alternate 2: $125,000
This project kicks off the summer construction season for RPS 205. Construction on additions at Marsh, Swan Hillman, Welsh and Whitehead elementary schools is also expected to begin in June. The projects are funded by the $139 million voter-approved bond referendum.
West View Elementary’s 18,000-square-foot addition will include a new secure entrance, parking lot, classrooms and a new gymnasium; the existing gym will be remodeled as a cafeteria. Window, mechanical and electrical upgrades are also included in the work. All additions will feature air conditioning. The addition is expected to be complete by the start of school in August, 2016.