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July 15, 2014

MVTHS authorizes rebidding process

MT. VERNON — The rebidding process will officially begin this week for the new proposed Mt. Vernon Township High School.

Consultants reported Monday the redesign of the project has been completed and the new construction documents will be available to pick up by contractors starting Thursday.

Then, shortly after 2 p.m. on Aug. 14, bids will be opened during a special ceremony at the MVTHS auditorium.

We're finally here. The drawings are ready,” said Brian Baldwin, project manager for the McCarthy firm. “The drawings are looking good and we're ready to go.”

Representatives of McCarthy and FGM Architects were on hand Monday for a special meeting of the MVTHS Board of Education.

During the session, the board verified the new plans and specifications for the redesigned high school, as well as the updated budget estimates. Then the board authorized McCarthy to proceed with the rebidding.

Last December, initial construction bids for the project came in at more than $6 million over-budgeted, prompting the need for a redesign and rebidding.

This time around, a total of 21 work categories are being rebid. Bids were awarded for three other categories — earthwork, asphalt and ceramic tile — earlier this year. Those categories did not require substantial scope changes during the redesign.

The new budget estimate for the project's 21 work categories is $49.8 million. Including the three categories that have already been awarded, the construction budget is roughly $52.3 million.

The theater and the football field are not part of the base bid amount but are considered “add-on alternates.” These projects may be rolled back into the base bid if there is sufficient funding available after rebidding.

Board members Monday questioned consultants about the level of interest being generated in the construction field regarding the MVTHS project.

Chris Nisbet, project director for McCarthy, reported a high level of interest. For example, he said he has been in talks with a masonry company from Des Moines, Iowa, that is considered the third largest such firm in the country.

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