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Final round of school construction bids come in over planned budget

The final bid package for the Glencoe-Silver Lake construction project came in over budget, the School Board heard Monday night.
This final bid package covers about 80 percent of the project and has over 20 different scopes, Business Manager Michelle Sander explained. Sander said the total package came in over budget, but many of the separate scopes were under estimates.
Sander and Superintendent Chris Sonju met with the school’s contractor, Donlar Construction, and architects from Architects Rego and Youngquist on Wednesday, June 8, to review the bids. The group looked at potential changes and Sander said they were able to find about $1.8 million in reductions.
The district has compiled changes that can be made to the project, and the contractors are now reaching out to see how that will change the cost. Sander said a few examples of changes include carpeting instead of tile in classrooms, the thickness of dry wall, and reducing the amount of tile in the bathrooms.
“Nothing critical, like Chris mentioned, that affects the integrity of the project.” Sander said. “We were very careful about what we knew we told the voters specifically.”
Sander said the bids that were critical to the next steps of the construction process were identified. They were set to be approved Monday so they project could continue, but may have change orders later to bring down costs.
The district also has a contingency fund of almost $1 million for the project and Sander said it will be using a portion of that.

For more, see the June 15 print edition of The Chronicle.