Calls for tenders under consideration for the Ely school facilities renovation project

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Keith vandervort

ELY – The next phase of the Ely school building renovation project is under review by school board members and nearly $ 3.6 million in construction bids is expected to be awarded at a special meeting on Monday evening.
Construction managers presented the bids received from contractors and opened on Nov. 18 to board members last Monday, past the Timberjays set a deadline for the Thanksgiving holiday. The school board‘s facilities committee was due to review the totals this week and recommend the award of bids for the next phase of the $ 20 million school renovation project.
After a brief summary of the work in progress, including the installation of a roof between the Washington and Memorial buildings to allow closed work before the onslaught of winter, Todd Erickson, of Kraus Anderson, explained to members of the board items from the latest round of construction bids which totaled $ 3,586,076.
Some of the large air conditioning / heating units were installed on the roof last week.
“Back in the southwest corner, where the heat is on, we started digging trenches in underground machinery,” Erickson said.
“We are seven months away from a 16 month project and 38% complete,” he said. “We hope to make decisions at your board meeting on December 6 and hope to issue contracts for Candidature File 3 on December 7 to go forward. “
The latest round of tenders covers a large part of mechanical and heating and ventilation systems and controls, demolition and rough carpentry, steel supply and assembly, drywall, painting, installation of new security and fire alarms, intercoms and clocks and building access controls, fire extinguishing systems, and replacement of windows in the two existing buildings.
Erickson noted that a few local / regional contractors who provided low bids included Lenci Enterprises, Inc. for rough carpentry and demolition work. JRK Steel, Inc. of Duluth was the lowest of the three bidders for the steel supply.
“We actually had four bidders for the windows,” he said. “Our estimate was $ 743,000 for this part of the window project and the lowest bid (from United Glass Inc., Minneapolis) was $ 594,000, an underestimate of $ 145,000. It was nice to see.
Combined Mechanical’s bid, the largest contract ever, had only one bidder, which was a “big surprise” for Erickson.
“The day before the call for tenders, we were still answering questions from up to four companies. We don’t know why the other three companies (RJ Mechanical, JK Mechanical, and Peterson Sheet Metal) didn’t bid on this. The good news is that for competitiveness, as long as the other three stay with it, we think we have competitive prices, ”he said.
Shannon’s Inc. of International Falls was the only bidder at $ 1,384,000.
Johnson Controls was the lowest bidder for building orders at $ 228,200.
In response to questions from board member Darren Visser about how the latest round of offers compared to last spring’s rejected package that went over budget by nearly $ 4 million, Erickson said he was working on bid tabs and reviewing the draft and expected to have a clearer picture on the bid package for the facilities committee this week. “At first glance, we don’t really compare apples to apples on this,” said Karl Larsen of Architectural Resources Inc. Difficult to determine what the differences are between these numbers. Construction directors said they would provide an updated image on bid comparisons for school board members later this month.


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