MT. VERNON —
A total of 24 “packages” are being bid out in November, and all bids have to be received by Dec. 5.
Each package is essentially a project in the construction. For example, utilities and concrete work are separate packages.
The MVTHS Board will likely award bids for the “critical contractors” at their Dec. 16 meeting. This includes contractors for steel work, concrete work, excavation, plumbing and more.
Additional parts of the project, such as furniture and technology, will not be bid out until early next year.
MVTHS Board member Norma Fairchild expressed concern Wednesday about the possibility of bids coming in much higher than expected.
Brown said he hopes such a situation does not occur as it may lead to a costly re-design. Even so, it's hard to predict bid amounts since they are “market-driven,” he said.
“We try to manage the risk,” Brown said.
With the ground-breaking still set for early January 2014, Smith said school officials are excited about the prospect of finally starting construction on the new school.
“It's been over three years to get to this point and we're ready to actually get moving on the construction,” Smith said.