The Washington County Board of Education this week unanimously approved several improvements at the Boonsboro school complex, relocation and demolition of portable classrooms and a supply contract for bottled drinking water.
The items were part of what is called the consent agenda during a school board meeting Tuesday afternoon at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue.
GRC General Contractor, of Zullinger, Pa., was awarded the contract to create the new school-based health center at Boonsboro High School, according to presentation documents. The company bid $244,336 to do the interior demolition and renovation work this summer with most of the work to be done by Aug. 5.
The center will occupy an area that is now a health room and adjacent life skills classroom.
The life skills class will move across the hall, displacing another class. The displaced class will use a portable classroom that will be moved to the school, Rob Rollins, director of facilities planning and development, said Wednesday.
The project came in $19,336 over budget. Rollins said that could be because of plumbing work required for a kitchenette for the new life skills classroom.
Colossal Contractors, of Burtonsville, Md., had the lowest bid at $239,229. Colossal's bid did not include a bid bond as required, Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.
The other bidders and their bids included: Milton Stamper Builders of Hagerstown, $246,445; Minghini's General Contractors of Martinsburg, W.Va., $249,200; Rockwell Construction of Mercersburg, Pa., $269,035; Bruchey Builders of Frederick, Md., $262,000; 3G Contractors, of Frederick, $308,400; W. Harley Miller Contractors of Martinsburg, $274,000; R.A. Hill of Chambersburg, Pa., $255,500; Palmer Construction of McConnellsburg, Pa., $251,350; Callas Contractors of Hagerstown, $255,100; LCW Lantz Construction of Winchester, Va., $292,650; and United Enterprises Construction, $455,577.
Boonsboro High will get new bleachers in the gym when the wall-attached bleachers will be replaced this summer, according to presentation documents. The five new bleacher sections will seat approximately 885 people and provide handicap seating.
The current bleachers were installed in 1975, Mark Mills, director of maintenance and operations, said Wednesday.
Modern Door & Equipment Sales, of White Plains, Md., was the approved low bidder at $84,500.
The other three bidders and their bids were TJ Distributors of Forest Hill, Md., $87,600; Cavetown Planing Mill, $96,203; and Steel Products of Rockville, Md., $118,900.
Boonsboro Elementary will get a new boiler and chiller, with work beginning after school lets out in June. Work on the boiler will be done by Sept. 15 and the chiller by Oct. 1.
Rollins said the school will switch to the new cooler after the cooling season so air conditioning at the school is not interrupted during the hotter days at the start of the school year.
Mick's Heating and Air Conditioning, of Thurmont, Md., was awarded the contract with a low bid of $447,000.
The other bidders were Adrian L. Merton, of Capitol Heights, Md., $639,146; Warner Industrial, of Frederick, $658,500; Beaver Mechanical Contractors of Hagerstown, $544,000; Denver-Elek, of Essex, Md., $627,000; and Musser Mechanical of Mercersburg, Pa., $483,000.
Low-bidder, Dixie Electric of Frederick, was awarded a $156,785 contract to do electrical improvements at the Boonsboro schools complex.
Work starts in June and will be mostly done by Aug. 5.
The other bidders were 1st Electric of Baltimore, $329,600, and Valentine Electric of Hagerstown, $241,500.
Mobilease Modular Space of Deptford, N.J., was awarded a contract to demolish a portable building at Lincolnshire Elementary and relocate a portable building from Bester Elementary to Lincolnshire, and another one from Hancock Elementary to Boonsboro High.
Lincolnshire needs a portable for a classroom, but the one that is being demolished has been used for storage the past several years and is not in good enough shape to be used as a classroom, Rollins said.
Mobilease had the low bid for the portable work, at $116,855.
The portables contract came in $33,855 over budget.
Rollins said that might be attributable to market costs, but also because the school system does not normally demolish a portable.
The other bidders were EMH Environmental, of Glenwood, Md., $121,684; Milton Stamper Builders, $128,800; GRC General Contractor, $129,245; J&L Service of Seaford, Del., $129,279; and Provost Construction of Woodbine, Md., $142,945.
Work will start in June and be done by Aug. 13.
Berkeley Club Beverages, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is supplying 5-gallon bottles of water for the school system and will continue to do so for at least another year.
The company won the contract with a low bid of $15,345.
The contract includes leasing water dispensers and regular delivery of 5-gallon bottles of drinking water used by various schools and offices in the school system. Annually, the school system buys about 2,473, five-gallon bottles of water and leases 97 dispensers.
The contract is for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, with options to renew for two more one-year periods.
The other bidders were Roaring Spring Water of Gettysburg, Pa., $15,364; Green Spring of Clear Spring, $17,043; and DS Waters of America of Mableton, Ga., $17,986.