School bids lower than expected in Chambersburg

December 13, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Bids opened Wednesday for the renovation and expansion of Chambersburg Area Senior High School were at least 1 percent lower than what had been projected.

Officials had estimated about $66.2 million in construction costs, with fees, permits and contingencies included in that figure, Business Manager Rick Vensel said.

Base bids from four construction companies ranged from nearly $37.8 million to $40.9 million. Separate bids were sought for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; electrical work; fire protection; and asbestos abatement.

The bids opened this week will be before the school board for a decision on Wednesday.

Board members have a host of additional items for consideration, since contractors were asked to bid things such as quartz tile flooring, parking lot replacement and kitchen equipment separately.


"The (low) bidder may change based on additions," Vensel said.

The lowest base bid came from GITO Inc., although the company was on the higher end of pricing for ornamental fencing, metal lockers and library storage.

Lobar Inc., which built the district's Scotland Elementary School and is constructing an addition at Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School, had a base bid of $37.9 million. Dustin Construction and Waynesboro Construction also submitted bids for the project.

Demolition and construction at Chambersburg Area Senior High School could start in the spring. Plans include a new gymnasium and cafeteria as the existing cafeteria would be converted into business classrooms.

The project's architect has been Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates. The total budget is $73.8 million.

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