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State College Area School District to open State High Project bids


Nov. 17, 2015


Chris Rosenblum

SCASD Communications Director


State College Area School District To Open State High Project Bids

In a historic event, the State College Area School District will open State High Project bids before the public at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Meeting Room A of the Panorama Village building.

Director of Physical Plant Ed Poprik will announce contractor bids for seven main bid packages: site, general, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire protection and food service. As Poprik opens contractor envelopes and reads bids, they will be logged for subsequent review by district administrators and the SCASD Board of School Directors.

The bid openings come after nearly 18 months of intensive work by the design team and board members refining plans for the new version of State College Area High School on Westerly Parkway. At different stages, the district held information forums to explain designs and receive community input.

Last month, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates Architects, the project architect, submitted a final project estimate of about $129 million. District residents approved the project by a large majority in a May 2014 referendum vote.

After the bid opening, the district will release a statement that includes the lowest received bids for each bid package. The bid results also will be posted on the State High Project section of the district’s website.

Throughout the day on Thursday, administrators and design team members will review the bids before a public joint discussion between the Citizens Advisory Committees for facilities and finance at 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Board members sit on both committees.

The Board as a whole will discuss the bids for the first time at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at its regular meeting in Meeting Room A. At the same location, Board members are scheduled to vote on approving bids in a special Nov. 30 meeting.

Plans call for the construction of a single high school, for grades 9-12 with performing arts and physical education wings, on the site of the existing South Building by fall of 2018. A new north campus building will house the Delta Program, both middle and high school levels, and athletic facilities.

A bus loop road and other site development around the South Building began this summer and finished in October.

Floor designs and other information can be found on the State High Project page on the district website.