The Rockford School Board tonight approved addition and renovation work at Whitehead Elementary School, set to begin later this month.
The 21,000 square-foot addition and upgrades are worth more than $5.8 million. Upgrades include a new main office and secure entrance, gymnasium, music room, four classrooms and a teachers’ lounge. A new library will also be built; the school’s current library will become classroom space.
Stenstrom General Contractor – Design/Build submitted the lowest responsible bid at $5,823,000. Seven companies attended the pre-bid meeting, and two companies submitted bids:
- Stenstrom General Contractors - Design/Build: $5,823,000
- Ringland-Johnson, Inc.: $6,115,000
The total project budget is $6,267,416; this project was awarded under budget.
District staff, students and the community celebrated the start of summer construction last week with a ceremonial groundbreaking at West View Elementary School. Five major construction projects are scheduled to start this month at West View, Marsh, Swan Hillman, Welsh and Whitehead elementary schools.
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.
The School Board has already OK’d additions at West View, Marsh and Swan Hillman.