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$2.6M Addition, Upgrades OK’d for Riverdahl Elementary


​​​The Rockford School Board tonight approved addition and renovation work at Riverdahl Elementary School, set to begin in June. The 6,600 square-foot addition and upgrades are worth nearly $2.6 million and should be complete by the start of the 2017-18 school year.

The addition will include a gymnasium, storage and physical education office. The existing gymnasium will be renovated into cafeteria space. The existing kitchen will also be renovated to provide updated and expanded kitchen space.

RPS 205 uses a blind bid process and awards work to the lowest responsible bidder. Eight companies attended a mandatory pre-bid meeting in early January, and six companies submitted bids:​

  • ​Schmeling Construction $2,597,000 
  • Rockford Structures Construction $2,600,000 
  • Stenstrom General Contractor - Design/Build Group $2,625,000 
  • Cord Construction $2,629,000 
  • Sjostrom & Sons $2,728,000
  • Scandroli Construction $2,775,500​

Schmeling Construction submitted the lowest responsible bid. The School Board awarded the work to Schmeling tonight for $2,597,000.​

The project budget is $2,449,766. The total cost of $2,597,000 has been captured in the board-approved capital plan; $147,234 will come from the capital contingency fund. Funding for the project is, in part, through a voter-approved $139 million bond referendum.

​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.

Earlier this month the School Board approved construction work at Gregory Elementary School. That work is also set to begin in June. 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.​​