By TRAVIS MORSE
---- — MT. VERNON — Roughly 90 base construction bids for the new proposed Mt. Vernon Township High School were opened and read aloud Thursday at a special ceremony at the MVTHS auditorium.
Now that the bids have been received, MVTHS consultants will begin analyzing them and interviewing potential contractors, said Superintendent Michael Smith.
“They're actually going to go back and they're going to work the numbers and make contacts with the bidders,” Smith said. “They're going to work on that the next week for sure.”
Representatives of FGM Architects and the McCarthy firm were on hand Thursday to coordinate the ceremony.
Although further investigation is needed, Chief Architect Greg Brown said the overall number of bids looks promising at this point.
“On average, it looks like about five (bids) per category, which is good,” Brown said. “But until I add all the numbers up, I won't know.”
Twenty-five construction projects or “work categories” are being bid out in this phase of the effort. Bids from most of the 25 categories were read at Thursday's ceremony.
This month, MVTHS officials are focusing on the 10 “critical” projects. They include earthwork, plumbing, concrete, electrical, metals, heating, asphalt, ventilation, masonry, and aluminum and glass.
For earthwork, four bids were read at Thursday's ceremony. Shores Builders Inc. submitted a base bid of $1,539,900; Guinzy Construction Inc. submitted a bid of $1,881,000; Moniger Excavating had a bid of $1,466,849; and Sierra Bravo Contractors, LLC had a bid of $2,069,670.
For plumbing, Litton Enterprises Inc. gave a bid of $4,012,980 and Rend Lake Plumbing & Heating Company Inc. had a bid of $4,552,000.
In the concrete category, River City Construction had a bid of $7,648,000; Poettker Construction Co. submitted a bid of $6,120,000; Shores Builders Inc. had a bid of $4,595,000; and Concrete Strategies had a bid of $5,402,700.
For the electrical project, Clinton Electric Inc. submitted a bid of $11,216,828 and Guarantee Electrical Construction Co. had a bid of $7,429,549.
In the metals category, Construction Systems had a bid of $7,613,972; Wilson's Structural Steel gave a bid of $6,600,000; Blattner Steel had a bid of $7,245,550; and Ben Hur Steel Worx had a bid of $7,320,000.
For heating, Southern Illinois Piping Contractors Inc. submitted a bid of $3,490,000; Rend Lake Plumbing & Heating Company Inc. had a bid of $4,343,734; and Marlin Mechanical Contractors had a bid of $3,425,000.
For asphalt, Poettker Construction Co. had a bid of $1,459,000; Rooters Asphalt had a bid of $1,067,990; Byrne & Jones Construction had a bid of $1,360,000; and Gleeson Asphalt Inc. had a bid of $1,112,000.
In the ventilation category, Rend Lake Plumbing & Heating Company Inc. had a bid of $2,561,752; France Mechanical Corp. had a bid of $1,983,000; and Custom Mechanical submitted a bid of $2,701,475.
For masonry, two bids were submitted. Heitkamp Masonry Inc. offered a bid of $8,955,000 and Diecker-Terry Masonry Inc. had a bid of $9,361,250.
Finally, in the aluminum and glass category, Hilboldt Curtain Wall Inc. had a bid of $4,975,898; Missouri Valley Glass had a bid of $2,598,210; and East Moline Glass submitted a bid of $3,293,300.
Not included in the preceding lists were the alternate bids for those categories and two combined bids that were read at the end of the ceremony.
Next week, district consultants will interview contractors who submitted bids for the critical projects.
Using these interviews as a guide, the consultants will formulate recommendations on which bidders should be chosen.
Then, the MVTHS Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 to consider those recommendations.
District officials hope to be able to award bids for most, if not all, of the 10 critical projects at that meeting.
The remaining 15 construction bids will likely be awarded in mid-January.
Later next year, additional parts of the project, such as furniture and audio-visual equipment, will be bid out.