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Baldwin board approves bid for junior high auditorium remodel

The Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education approved Wednesday a contract with Altmar Inc. of Topeka to remodel the junior high school auditorium this summer. The space will be altered to house a multi-purpose room, two classrooms and storage. The adjoining junior high band room also will get an upgrade, and walls removed in the weight room to make it more functional.

The Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education approved Wednesday a contract with Altmar Inc. of Topeka to remodel the junior high school auditorium this summer. The space will be altered to house a multi-purpose room, two classrooms and storage. The adjoining junior high band room also will get an upgrade, and walls removed in the weight room to make it more functional.

May 23, 2013

The Baldwin school board learned Wednesday favorable bids will make possible the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium remodel as it was originally proposed.

The board awarded Wednesday a $531,000 contract to Altmar Inc. of Topeka to remodel the auditorium made redundant with the opening two years ago of the Performing Arts Center.

Altmar was the general contractor on the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center and the Performing Arts Center, Superintendent Paul Dorathy said.

“They were very, very good to work with,” he said.

The Topeka general contractor’s bid was the lowest of three bids opened Tuesday. All were lower than the $650,000 construction estimate that Doug Loveland, architect with DLR Group, shared with the board earlier this month.

“As I predicted, I was the high bidder on the project,” he said Wednesday.

Auditorium remodel bids

Altmar Inc. of Topeka

Base bid, $493,000; alternation 1 (ceiling sound-reduction panels for multi-purpose room), $3,000; Alternate 2 (remodel of junior high weight room), $27,000; Alternate 3 (wrestling wall pads for multi-purpose room), $8,000.

Total, $531,000

2 Point Construction of Lenexa

Base bid, $524,000; Alternate 1, $14,000; Alternate 2, $22,000; Alternate 3, $16,100.

Total, $576,100

KES Construction of Lenexa

Base bid, $549,000; Alternate 1, $5,500, Alternate 2, $25,000, Alternate 3, $21,000.

Total, $600,500

Because of Loveland’s estimate, the board chose to bid the contract with a base bid that trimmed three elements from the project and listed those as alternate bids. The $531,000 bid approved Wednesday was for the base bid ($493,000) and the alternates, of which the most significant as a $27,000 remodel of the junior high weight room.

The project, which will start next week, will now include all the elements the board asked DLR to include in January. Those were:

• A multipurpose room that would also serve as the home of the district’s junior high and high school wrestling programs.

• An enhanced junior high music room with a higher ceiling to improve sound quality, a rehearsal room, new office and storage space.

• Two classrooms.

• Storage space.

• “Light” renovation of the junior high school weight room.

The estimate of the project’s total cost now is

$633,850. The additional costs come from such things as DLR’s fee, plan printing and inspection and permit fees. It also includes a $20,000 miscellaneous line item, which has yet to be touched, and a $26,000 contingency line item, so there is a chance the project could come in for less than the $600,000 the board wanted to spend on the project, board member Chad Christie noted.

District financial director Cynde Frick said $656,000 remained from the 2008 bond issue to pay for the project. She said another $19,000 soon would become available from a payment Altmar never claimed for the company’s work on the Performing Arts Center.

Loveland said Altmar employees would be at the junior high Tuesday to start taking measurements. The bid documents specified a substantial completion date of Aug. 1 and an Aug. 8 deadline for completion of all punch-list items.

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