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Board considers contract for demolition of Oakville


Board considers contract for demolition of Oakville Elementary

By MIKE ANTHONY

Executive Editor

A contract for the abatement of hazardous materials and the demolition of Oakville Elementary School was scheduled to be awarded this week by the Mehlville Board of Education.

The Board of Education was scheduled to meet Wednesday night — April 9 — after the Call went to press.

The Board of Education also was scheduled to elect new officers as two new members of the board will be seated Wednesday night. Three candidates were seeking election to two seats on the school board in Tuesday's election.

Michael Heins, John "Jack'' Perry and William "Bill'' Schornheuser Jr. were vying for seats held by board Secretary David Gralikeand Walt Bivins, both of whom did not file for re-election. A fourth candidate, Gene Matlock, withdrew from the race in early March. The two seats carry three-year terms.

After the election of officers, the first item of business the new board will consider is a $228,000 contract for the abatement of hazardous materials and the demolition of Oakville Elementary School.

The school is being demolished to make way for the construction of a new Oakville Elementary School that will be built as part of Mehlville's $72.4 million Proposi-tion P districtwide building improvement program. District voters in November 2000 approved a 49-cent tax-rate increase to fund Proposition P.

In February, the Board of Education approved plans for the new school and to seek construction bids. Ground is scheduled to be broken this summer for the new 53,000-square-foot, one-story elementary school that is designed to accommodate 450 pupils. The existing school has about 46,000 square feet of space.

The first phase of the Oakville Elemen-tary project will be the removal of hazardous materials from the existing building, followed by the demolition of the building. Bids for the construction of the new elementary school are scheduled to be considered by the school board Monday, May 12, according to information provided to the board by Randy Charles, assistant superintendent for finance and the district's chief financial officer.

But the contract for the removal of the hazardous material and the demolition of the building must be awarded before May 12.

"It is necessary to award this contract before May 12, 2003, because the permitting process for hazardous waste abatement is expected to take approximately 30 days,'' Charles wrote. "To delay award of this contract until May 12, 2003, could subsequently delay the commencement of significant work until sometime after the first day of summer break.''

Six bids ranging from $228,000 to $284,880 were submitted for the abatement of hazardous waste and the demolition of the building. In concurrence with the district administration, Dickinson Hussman Architects and SCI Engineering Inc., the McCarthy Construction Co., Proposition P construction manager, is recommending the board award a contract for $228,000 to Ahern Contracting Inc., which submitted the lowest bid.

Noting that the budget for the Oakville Elementary School project is $5,049,000, Charles wrote, "This budget does not include the cost to abate hazardous materials. A separate amount of $200,000 was identified in the original Prop P Master Budget. Of this amount, approximately $60,000 has already been spent, leaving approximately $140,000 available.

"The contract being recommended is only for Work Category No. 1 — Abate-ment/Demolition Work. Several other work categories will be presented on May 12, 2003. The amount of the low bid is $228,000,'' Charles wrote. "Of this amount, $77,000 is for abatement of hazardous ma-terials. The balance, $151,000, is for demolition work. This $151,000 will be included in the cost analysis that will be provided to the Board of Education on May 12, 2003, along with recommendations for the re-maining categories of work.''

Pre-construction estimates by McCarthy Construction place the cost of the new Oakville Elementary School at $5.549 million, which is about $500,000 more than the approved construction budget.

However, the district has delayed scheduled roof repairs by one year, making district capital funds available in 2004 to help pay for part of the cost of the new Oakville Elementary. In addition, Superintendent John Cary believes that the current construction market will allow for more competitive bids, reducing construction costs.

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