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GSL project to be bid in 3 packages

Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Business Manager Michelle Sander gave the School Board an update on the bid packages for the upcoming construction project at the board’s regular meeting Monday night.
The project has three bid packages. The first includes precast walls for the gym and footings to get the project started. The second is plumbing, electrical and the main construction needs. The third bid package is an equipment bid.
The walk-through for the first bid package will be held today (Wednesday, March 16). Sander said this is when interested contractors can visit the site and see specifications and drawings of the project to formulate a bid.
The first bid package is due March 24, along with the third. The second package does not yet have a date set.
Sander said the board might have to have a special meeting to award the first bid package to ensure the project keeps moving forward.
One tweak that will effect the packages, Sander explained, is the school has decided to replace the boilers this summer instead of waiting as was originally planned. Sander said this is something the district pushed to do.
“If at all possible we wanted the boilers done now because of the age of the boilers and the money that we’re spending on those boilers each year,” she said.  
The new plan will put three new boilers in the high school and three more in Lincoln Junior High, Sander said. The Lincoln boilers will be used to heat the new construction. These will be smaller and more energy-efficient than the older ones.
The purchase of the boilers will be included in bid package three. The installation will be with bid package two.
The new boiler work will start this summer and Sander said the school should have heat by October or November.
“This is a much better plan,” she said. “It saves the district some dollars, big dollars.”
In response to a question by Board Member Anne Twiss, Sander said the boilers will run on natural gas. She said the school will have some asbestos removal, but there is not much asbestos there. The total should be about $15,000, which will be paid for by the school’s health and safety dollars.

For more from the meeting, see the March 16 print edition of The Chronicle.