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Energy-Efficient Windows OK’d for Kennedy Middle School

11/10/2015

​​​Kennedy Middle School will receive new energy-efficient windows after the Rockford School Board approved a bid to replace the windows at its meeting tonight. The board agreed to hire Rock Valley Glass for the $800,000 project.

Six companies attended the pre-bid meeting, and two companies submitted bids. Rock Valley Glass was the lowest-responsible bidder at $800,000, total, for the base bid and alternate. The second company, Krull Window Company, submitted a bid worth $1,269,958, total, for the base bid and alternate. The base bid is for window replacement. Alternate No. 1 is for door removal and replacement.

This project was awarded under budget; $816,314 was budgeted for this project.

Window replacement is one way for RPS 205 to find energy savings. Nearly 25 percent of RPS 205’s natural gas bill comes from Lincoln and West middle schools and East High School. East’s windows were replaced in summer 2013. The following year, there was an 18 percent reduction in gas use at East because of the new windows. Windows at West and Lincoln are being replaced in phases; the first installation was completed this summer. The second phase is scheduled for summer 2016.

​The work is part of the 10-year facilities plan, funded in part by a successful $139 million bond referendum voters approved in 2012.