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School Board Approves Construction Bids for Elementary School Projects

on November 09, 2017 12:56 PM

State College Area School Board on Wednesday awarded construction bids for new construction and renovations for three elementary schools.

Dillsburg-based Lobar Inc., which has offices in State College, was selected to be general contractor with the low bid for all three projects, which include additions and renovations at Corl Street and Radio Park elementary schools and the construction of the new Spring Creek Elementary at the current Houserville Elementary site.

After state reimbursements and grants the total combined district cost for all three projects, including construction, soft costs and various approved alternate recommendations is $64.6 million. 

Corl Street, Radio Park and Houserville/Lemont (which Spring Creek will replace) are the district's last three elementary schools in need of modern updates and in the spring of 2016 the district began an accelerated District-Wide Facilities Master Plan update in order to take advantage of available state grants. 

In November 2016 the board approved the project options and in September approved final plans designed by Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates. 

For Corl Street plans call for 64,086 square feet of additions and renovations with three classrooms per grade. About 54,000 square feet will be new construction. The total cost to the district after reimbursement from the state's PlanCon program for school construction is : $17,507,146.

Spring Creek will merge Houserville and Lemont elementary schools into a single K-5 school at the Houserville site. Total square footage for the new school at the Houserville site is 71,342 square feet with three classrooms per grade. The total cost after PlanCon reimbursement and a $1.875 million state grant is $17,599,726.

The board accepted a bid alternate for the Radio Park project which will add six classrooms total for four per grade to address enrollment projections. It also will mean that no students will be displaced. That likely would have been required during the phased construction for three classrooms per grade at the school, which would not have had enough space for temporary classrooms on site.

Additions and renovations at Radio Park will result in about 89,000 square feet. The project cost after PlanCon reimbursement and a state grant of $1.96 million is $21,910,782.

The total costs include bid awards for the general contractor as well as food service, HVAC, plumbing and electrical contractors. The awarded bids are comparable to the low-bid estimates projected by Crabtree Rohrbaugh before bidding began. Corl Street and Spring Creek were roughly on target with the estimates, and Radio Park came in about $1.7 million above the estimate.

Phased construction on each of the projects is expected to begin in December with completion in the summer of 2019.

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