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Contracts awarded for new school

May 22, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Separate contracts worth a total of $488,000 were awarded Monday for land preparation and paving at the site of a new intermediate school on Eagle School Road.

The Berkeley County Board of Education voted to pay Panhandle Builders and Excavating of Martinsburg $390,653 to prepare the site for construction.

The company will level the land and set up a storm water management system, among other things, according to James R. Welton Jr., the district's assistant superintendent and treasurer.

The School Board also approved paying $97,312 to Potomac Construction of Martinsburg to put down asphalt.

Construction is expected to begin on June 1, according to Don Zepp, the school district's construction manager for the project.

Welton said the district received two bids for site work and three for paving.

Custom Contracting Inc., at $524,407, was the other bidder for the site work contract.

The two other bidders for the paving job were Eastern Panhandle, at $102,178, and Craig Paving Inc., at $114,500.

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Welton said two companies also submitted bids combining site work and paving. Eastern Panhandle bid $492,831 and Custom Contracting bid $626,585, he said.

The school district purchased 17 acres on Eagle School Road for $464,750 in March. The intermediate school is expected to cost about $5 million and serve about 650 pupils.

Zepp told the School Board Monday that about 25 contractors have expressed interest in bidding for electrical, mechanical and food service work. Those contracts probably will be awarded next month.

Berkeley County is also planning to build a similar-sized intermediate school west of Interstate 81, in the Boyd Orchard area. The district has an option to buy more than 20 acres, according to School Board President Todd Beckwith.

Archaeological work continues there and Welton said it may be finished by the end of June.

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