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February 18, 2011

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Start of Construction Projects Delayed Until Summer

At the Feb. 17 Board of Education meeting, the Board reviewed initial bid packages for the construction project at the Early Childhood Center. Based on the recommendation from the construction manager, the Board decided to have the bid projects repackaged and sent out for another round of bids. This would mean a delay in the start of construction.

The construction at the ECC entails a renovation and modest expansion of the kitchen, cafeteria, and gym wing, plus a new entrance area by the school’s parking lot.

By delaying the start of the construction at the ECC, which was planned to start the first week in March, and by combining the bid packages with those of the Middle/High School exterior and parking lot construction, which is currently in the design phase, construction manager S.M. Wilson believes the district will save on construction costs as more contractors will be competing for the overall larger project.

In addition, having the extra time before construction begins will allow S.M. Wilson and architects Bond Wolfe to refine some of the details of the designs based on the initial bids further enhancing the appeal of the projects and possibly lowering the costs.

The new construction timeline for both the ECC project and the Middle/High School project would start June 6—after school lets out for the summer—and end in November.

Funds for these projects, and a number of smaller renovations and repairs, were made possible by the passage of Proposition Y in April of 2010.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.