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Contract approved for school additions

Contract approved for school additions

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 8:59 pm
By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

 By CHRIS MENEES Staff Reporter The Obion County School Board has cleared the way for construction to begin on career technology facility additions at Obion County Central and South Fulton high schools. During a called meeting early this morning, the board voted 6-0 to approve a construction management contract with Humboldt-based Lashlee-Rich Inc. for the additions at a guaranteed maximum price of $4,156,066. The guaranteed maximum price is under the projected budget of $4,250,000, ac-cording to Obion County Director of Schools David Huss. According to the contract, about 365 calendar days have been estimated for the addition at OCCHS and about 240 calendar days for the addition at South Fulton Middle/High School. Official groundbreaking ceremonies for the two projects were held in Oc-tober 2009 and the board’s approval of the contract means construction can begin right away. The construction will place career technology facilities on the campuses of both schools, resulting in students no longer having to travel to an off-campus location. In presenting the con-struction contract to board members this morning, Huss said within the guar-anteed maximum price are general conditions and project supervision for two site supervisors. It was agreed to leave the costs in the guaranteed maximum price, but the school system will be using its maintenance supervisor, Phil Graham, as the project supervisor at South Fulton. The school system will realize a savings on the guaranteed maximum price, but it was agreed to leave the guaranteed maximum price as it was submitted just in case using Graham does not work out for some reason. There is also a $150,000 contingency allowance, which is standard, as well as $10,000 for seeding, sodding and mulch and $15,000 for miscellaneous testing — all of which will require school board approval before being utilized. Not included in the guaranteed maximum price is the cost of moving utilities, which will be done by Gibson Electric Membership Corp., and furniture and equipment for the career technology facilities. It is estimated those costs will be about $200,000, according to Huss’ summary. A comparison of the total estimated costs versus budget estimates shows the guaranteed maximum price of $4,156,066 and the addition of $200,000 for the utility relocation and furniture, minus an amount of $178,969 charged against the 2008-09 budget, for a total adjusted projected cost of $4,177,097 — which is still $72,903 under the $4,250,000 budgeted. Huss also noted that close-out documents have been received from Lashlee-Rich on the recent classroom additions at Lake and Hillcrest elementary schools. The guaranteed maximum price of those additions was $1,625,844 and the final cost was $1,608,429, which was $17,415 under budget. School board member Glynn Giffin, who recently underwent surgery, was absent from this morning’s called session. Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 1.20.10

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