The Pierce City R-6 School District is one step closer to breaking ground on the new construction project after opening and awarding construction bids at a special meeting Tuesday night.
Board members opted to offer the contract to Rich Kramer Construction, of Springfield. The company came in with the lowest base bid at $2,699,000 with a construction deadline of 245 days.
Board members also discussed the need for a sprinkler system pump for the fire suppression system. The bid for that unit ranged from $22,787 to $23,000, with Rich Kramer Construction offering the low bid.
The unit might be necessary to boost the water pressure through the sprinklers in the event of a fire in the building. Water pressure testing is still pending to determine the need for the booster pump.
Board members also rejected all bids on the construction of the proposed agriculture greenhouse. Those bids ranged from $119,747 to $142,000.
Richard Werner, the project's lead architect from Werner and Associates in Springfield, said there was some misunderstanding on what the district needed for a greenhouse compared to what the construction bids offered.
Werner said he would make contact with some greenhouse manufacturing companies to get a better bid for the district.
"I think we can negotiate a low bid to nearly half of the proposed bids," Werner said.
Werner said he was pleased with the number of bids offered on the project, which will be used for site development, construction, equipping and furnishing a new middle school.
According to Werner, all 10 construction companies had excellent reputations in the industry and he would recommend any of the bidders to the district.
The deciding factor for the board was the low base bid and the mid-July completion date, allowing for desks and equipment to be installed in the classrooms and teachers to get organized before classes resume in the fall of 2012.
With the signing of the contract, Rob Phillips, senior project manager for Rich Kramer Construction, said he could have equipment on the ground and construction ready to begin in as little as five days.
Other base bids were received from: Branco Construction in the amount of $2,772,900; Dalton Killinger Construction in the amount of $2,785,170; Bales Construction in the amount of $2,789,000; Larry Snyder and Company in the amount of $2,805,000; R.E. Smith Construction in the amount of $2,816,000; Springfield Builders Inc., in the amount of $2,883,528; Westport Construction in the amount of $2,891,866; and Crossland Construction, $3,024,000.