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Bid awarded for $142,331 for renovations of old KGHS

Former high school to become replacement middle school this fall

   The King George School Board voted last week on February 2 to award a contract to Homeland Electric & Construction in the amount of $142,331.
   The contract is for Homeland Electric to perform renovations at the old King George High school.  Those are to consist primarily of changes to the interior configuration of the main office area.  
   In addition, it will install new fire-rated partitions for four classrooms in the northwest corner of the school to   meet state fire and building code requirements.
   The old classroom partitions being replaced were originally slapped up under a different superintendent years ago by the division’s maintenance department without benefit of a building permit and inspections to ensure compliance with building and fire codes.
   Homeland Electric will also remove and dispose of existing vinyl composition tile and vinyl wall base in the corridor and prepare the floor slab to receive new vinyl tile and vinyl wall base in the corridor, in addition to removing existing acoustical ceiling tile in the corridor and replacing it with new ceiling tile.  
   Homeland Electric will also install catwalks for access to mechanical equipment.  
   The company is located in Forest, Virginia, which is nearly 200 miles away from King George, between Lynchburg and Roanoke.  It is not known if local labor will be employed.
   Superintendent Candace Brown has said that the work will be completed in time for the division to move into the building for the start of school this fall.  
   At that time, the school will no longer be a high school, but will become the county’s single middle school.  The existing middle school will be vacant.
   A newly-constructed King George High School opened to students earlier this month on February 2.
   The language in the contract agreement provides for a maximum of 8 ½ months to achieve final completion of the renovation work.  
   The contract agreement states that “substantial completion” will be achieved within 120 consecutive calendar days from issuance of a Notice to Proceed.  That’s four months.
   But the contract agreement further states that final completion of all required work will be achieved within135 consecutive calendar days from the issuance of a Certificate of Substantial Completion.
   That deadline for final completion of 135 days is another 4 ½ months after substantial completion.   That could potentially take the end of the project up to the end of October.  
   Brown’s written Superintendent’s Report distributed at the same meeting also stated, “Please know that with renovations beginning in the old high school, nobody will be permitted in the facility until renovations are completed.”
   While that likely applies to division employees and casual observers, the main activity currently affected is the county Parks & Recreation Department’s basketball program.  
P&R officials were informed by a phone call on January 23 from Brown that the gym would not be available to it beginning in February due to a construction contract.  P&R has had to reschedule basketball activities into the various other schools.  
   ~ BIDS    Homeland Electric & Construction was selected as the apparent low bidder out of a total of 12 companies responding.  
   The bids ranged up to a high of $311,510.  The company was recommended Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP, which did the design and by the county Purchasing Department.  
Whitman, Requardt said that the bid from Homeland Electric of $142,331 was about 45 percent lower than their engineer’s estimate of $259,600.
   Whitman, Requardt provided a letter that indicated that they checked with the company’s list of references supplied and that they checked out, along with high marks on other standard checks on the company’s performance and reputation.
   ~ FUNDING    The funding to pay for the renovations comes from $4 million provided by the Board of Supervisors nearly five years ago, in April 2004, when it earmarked the money for preparing the building for use as a middle school after a new high school was completed.
   The first project was to replace the heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC) several years ago at a base cost of $2,225,000.  
   Numerous smaller projects have been performed since then, along with some equipment purchases and installations.  
   At this week’s meeting of the School Board, they are poised to approve a number of additional expenditures to spend down the bulk of the remaining money, which is estimated by Brown at $784,733.

 

By Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter

 

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