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By Carmen Ensinger
After months of going over requests for proposals and talking with contractors, the North Greene School Board made a decision at their Aug. 11 board meeting to go with Omni Energy Partners (OEP) for at least a portion of their proposed renovation projects.
The first phase of the project includes a new building control system at North Greene Elementary (NGE) at a cost of $75,622 and new HVAC and boiler system at the District Office along with new ceilings and lighting at a cost of $659,898.
These improvements are being made with the $1,301,977 in ESSER II (Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds that the district received earlier this year.
OEP Representative Paul Graves said Phase I will be expedited immediately.
“We want to get started on this as soon as possible if this can be scheduled with school traffic and education activities,” he said. “Plans are for this work to commence in mid-September.”
The project at the district office is also expected to begin this fall.
“Provisions include steps to commence with the HVAC renovations this fall as well,” Graves said. “We anticipate a six-week lead time for the HVAC equipment. The priority will be to install the boiler this fall, prior to the heating season. Both the elementary and district office work are expected to be completed to be completed prior to the start of the heating season.”
Substantial completion is targeted for January of 2022 and punch list items and staff training will be completed before Feb. 28, 2022. Owner final acceptance is targeted for March 1.
While Phase I is being completed, OEP will begin Phase II Pre-Construction Design and preparing the construction bid documents for this phase of the project. The cost for this will be $136,287 to the district and will be billable to the district once the district decides to move forward to move forward with soliciting contractor pricing.
This phase of the project includes renovations to both NGE and the Junior/Senior High. The scope of renovations being considered include:
• High school remodel of existing media center into a new band room.
• High School and gymnasium replacement of roof membrane.
• Junior High remodel of two existing classrooms into a new STEM and science lab.
• NGE remodel/convert lower level into a new band and art facilities.
• NGE reconfigure the existing media center into a special education center.
• NGE replace the VCT tile in the gym and multipurpose room.
• NGE three ADA commercial grade platform lifts.
• NGE LED lighting enhancements in upper/lower c-wing, gym, multipurpose room and exterior wall perimeter lighting.
• NGE additional power outlets and circuits for c-wing.
NGE bipolar plasma ionization of HVAC system for IAQ improvements.
Graves said that the intent is to be able to present the cost estimate and conceptual plans by Sept. 3 and have complete construction documents and refined cost estimates for Phase II by Oct. 4.
They will then solicit contractor pricing and present the final pricing for Phase II by Oct. 20 and award the Phase II contract by Nov. 17 and construction is expected to start in the spring of 2022 and be completed by August of 2022.
The total cost of Phase I, plus the pre-construction cost of design and preparing bid documents for phase II total $871,807.
Phase II of the project will be completed using a portion of the $3,096,692 in ESSER III funds that the district received.