USD 420 board approves community building remodel

OSAGE CITY—Eric Stueve was the first one out the door at the conclusion of USD 420’s special meeting at 7 a.m. Monday morning, but that was the point.

“He was ready to get started,” said Bill Sims, project manager for McPherson Construction.

The board readied the start of construction with approval of a $297,342 plan for the community building, significantly reducing costs from an earlier $500,000 estimate, and yet still shy of the budgeted $309,000.

The resubmitted plan breaks down several areas and utilizes local contractors. Several key items were re-bid.

“We took competitive bids on those, particularly on mechanical and electric, things that changed significantly since last time,” Sims said. “We think those are good competitive numbers.”

The costs include a base bid of $232,740 in addition to $52,473 in contractor costs. An additional $12,129 included four added alternatives – new windows, flush valve toilets, interior paint and exterior paint – to help bring the building up to the new construction.

The architect also recommended upgrading the bathrooms to tile, if cost savings could be found to do so.

“If possible, I would like the board to authorize a contract not to exceed $300,000,” said Kenton Cox, overall architect for the project.

The board’s motion reflected the cap, but not before questioning the $54,473 in contractor costs – more than double the 7 percent outlined throughout the bond project.

“The general conditions, at 3.6 percent, doesn’t cover anywhere near Eric Stueve’s cost,” Sims said. “I’ve put in his actual cost. That’s the cost for me to provide Eric to this job for four months. He has been a great value to this job, and saved you a whole bunch of money.”

“I just think that jump from 7 percent to 17 percent is pretty significant,” said Todd Peterson, USD 420 board president.

Sims justified Stueve’s fee in the requirement for remodeling to be completed in time for April events.

“I need an expeditor, at additional cost, in order to get this done in three months,” Sims said.

Sims indicated that cost could be spread out if construction on the new storm shelter and gymnasium begins before the end of construction at the community building.

“I’m still a little nervous,” Peterson said. “We’ve got to deliver that final piece.”

Cox outlined the figures – starting time and budget – for the shelter/gym project.

“We’ve got to sit down Monday next week, go through revised plans and get it down to our budget,” Cox said. “I’m pretty optimistic. Hopefully, by the end of the month, we’ll be back with you.

“This leave us $1,942,090 for the gym and whatever we want to do for the weight room,” Cox said. “We’ve identified close to $200,000 in things we could take out, and still get that done. I feel like we’ve got a pretty good chance we could be started by the end of January.”

After 30 minutes of discussion, the board unanimously approved the $300,000 budget for the project and adjourned.

Construction was set to begin Monday.

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