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SCASD releases State High Project preliminary bids


Nov. 18, 2015


Chris Rosenblum

SCASD Communications Director


State College Area School District Releases Preliminary Bid Results

State High Project bids are finally in, but there’s work to be done before construction proceeds on the new version of State College Area High School.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the State College Area School District opened prime contractor bids in a public event at Panorama Village building. Four intensive years of community outreach and planning — and only the second successful referendum vote in state history — led to the historic moment in Meeting Room A before dozens of contractors, district employees and others in attendance.

SCASD Board of School Directors President Amber Concepcion, Vice President Jim Leous and board members Scott Fozard, Ann McGlaughlin, Jim Pawelczyk and Dorothea Stahl also were in the audience.

Director of Physical Plant Ed Poprik announced preliminary bids for seven packages: site, general, plumbing, mechanical (HVAC), electrical, fire protection and food service. The general prime contractor bid package will account for the largest portion of the project’s total cost.

“The bid appears to be in order,” Poprik said repeatedly before reading aloud each bid’s figures.

Afterward, Poprik stated: “What we learned this afternoon is that the project cost is within estimates.”

Concepcion noted that “today was a big step in the process of updating high school facilities for our students.”

“Our board will be reviewing bid results at our meeting Monday night with a vote expected the following Monday,” she said.

The Board will vote on accepting the bids on Monday, Nov. 30, at a special meeting. Preliminary bid results are posted on the district website.

Before the Board vote will come a thorough review.

District administrators and design team members will evaluate the bids, keeping in mind project pre-bid estimates ranging from $129 million to $140 million.

In the coming days, administrators and design team members also will assess several bid alternates (components not included in the base bid) to make recommendations to the Board, which will decide on the alternates to be included in the project.

By state law, the district is required to accept the low qualified bid for each package. Apparent low bids from Wednesday could change if analysis shows unqualified bidders, incomplete bids or increased costs from accepted bid alternates.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, the Citizens Advisory Committees for facilities and finance — which include board members — will meet in Meeting Room A to discuss the bids and bid alternate options. The meeting is open to the public.

              CACs draw on community residents’ professional expertise to help the district address significant issues.

              At a regular meeting starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 in Meeting Room A, the Board as a whole will receive the bids and discuss bid alternate options to prepare for the Nov. 30 voting meeting.

            One bid alternate is a proposed Innovation Center attached to the STEM wing of the main high school. As envisioned, the center would create space for students to pursue interdisciplinary topics, innovate and collaborate on solutions to real-world problems, partner with business and industry in project-based learning, and sharpen critical thinking for college and careers.

The estimated cost is $1,206,000.

Other bid alternates include:

  • Vegetated roof, North and South buildings, $369,200 estimate.

  • Rooftop greenhouse, South Building, $138,000 estimate

  • Solar arrays, North and South buildings, likely required for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, $475,000 estimate South, $490,000 estimate North.

  • Locker room renovations, North Building, $204,795 estimate

  • Kitchen renovations housing the district’s satellite kitchen function, North Building, $1,224,922 estimate.

  • Extended 30-year warranty for single membrane roofing system, North and South buildings, $35,000.

  • Built-up asphalt roof system (multiple layers of roofing felt and asphalt) with 30-year warranty and possible longer lifespan than membrane roofing system, $666,906 estimate. Both roofing alternate bids cannot be chosen.

  • Terrazzo flooring, North and South buildings, two options, $566,034 and $444,741 estimates.  Both flooring alternate bids cannot be chosen.

Authorized by a successful 2014 referendum vote passed by a large margin, the State High Project 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 the 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.