OCSD Capital Project Phase ‘3A’ Tender to Open Early Next Month | News

OSWEGO — The construction bidding period for Phase “3A” of the Oswego City School District Capital Project is expected to open in early February, according to planning consultants and district officials.

This phase of the district’s capital project will focus on improving facilities at four elementary schools.

At the OCSD school board meeting on Tuesday, architects and planning consultants from Syracuse-based King + King provided updates on the third phase of the project. The $63.1 million capital project, which district officials and planning consultants say could reach about $87.3 million due to rising construction costs and additional improvements, has was approved by voters at the end of 2018.

Phase “3A” includes revisions to elementary schools in the district such as masonry restoration, replacement of doors and wall surfaces, plumbing and electrical upgrades, and other general construction work. Overall, Amy Daley, King+King project manager, said the final price for the project could be around $12.05 million. This estimate includes an allowance of $400,000 for contingencies.

“It would cover anything that comes up in construction that wasn’t originally budgeted,” Daley said.

Daley added that the bidding process will open Feb. 10 and construction is expected to begin in April, with a fall 2023 closing date.

Below is the full list of proposed improvements:

Kingsford Park Primary School and Fitzhugh Park Primary School:

Replacement of existing flooring

Reconstruction of some interior wall surfaces

Replacement of certain exterior masonry

Replacement of original domestic water and sanitary systems

Charles E. Riley Elementary School:

Reconstruction of classroom interior wall systems

Mechanical system upgrades and replacements

Replacement of interior door systems and hardware

Replacement of original domestic water and sanitary systems

Minetto Primary School:

Reconstruction of classroom interior wall systems

Mechanical system upgrades and replacements

Replacement of interior door systems and hardware

Replacement of original domestic water and sanitary systems

Exterior masonry caulking

Replacement of certain exterior door and window systems

Asphalt Pavement Replacement and Drainage Improvement

Peter Marsenisen, vice president of operations at Construction Associates and construction manager working on OCSD’s capital project, noted that some construction on phase “3A” would take place during this summer and summer. 2023. Some construction would switch into the school year, he added.

“It’s a juggling around our workflow, with your people moving from point A to point B, and also welcoming students,” Marsenisen said.

The project schedule could also overlap with energy efficiency work recommended by Siemens Building Technologies proposed as part of the OCSD efficiency study.

“There is a crossover here. If we decide to go ahead with the energy efficiency project, who is going to make sure that we don’t get confused here with the overlap? Board member Lynda Sereno asked.

OCSD Superintendent Mathis Calvin III said the two teams would coordinate accordingly.

“We would meet weekly with both teams to sit down and talk about the project to make sure things are coordinated and we’re all working together smoothly,” he said.

The final figure of $12.05 million, Daley said, is more than the district originally planned to allocate to the “3A” phase of the project. In previous meetings, King + King consultants noted that the district estimated an $8 million price tag for elementary school improvements when the capital project was approved in 2018.

“We also have to take into account that COVID-19 is playing with construction numbers right now,” Daley said.

Daley noted that further refinements could be added to the final estimate for this phase of the project.

“There are ‘other (projects)’ that are additional scope that we’re going to be getting offers for,” she said. “But these offers will be separated so that we can decide whether we want to accept them or not depending on how the offers come in.”

Below is a list of improvements that are beyond the scope of the initial investment project:

Kingsford Park Primary School and Fitzhugh Park Primary School:

Replacement of building exterior lighting

Locker room ventilation

Removal of built-in billboards at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School

Charles E. Riley Elementary School:

Corridor ceiling upgrades and light fixture upgrades

Replacement of exterior light fixtures

Replacement of exhaust fans

Installation of an Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant bathroom in the fourth and fifth grade wing.

Minetto Primary School:

New lighting in the hallways

Reconstruction of 20 classrooms

Replacement of the pegboard walls in the ground floor rooms near the nurse’s office

New ADA bathroom for nurse’s office and cafeteria

Exterior lighting replacement

Replacement of heating coils in existing classrooms

Modifications to the heating of the penthouse

Replacement of roof ventilators

New radiant panels on the ceiling in the bathrooms near the cafeteria

Board Vice Chairman Tom Ciappa expressed concerns about the overall budget for the project. Ciappa said he would like to see details of the closure of phase two of the capital project, which included the construction of the district’s new multipurpose turf pitch.

“(I would like to know): have we closed phase two? …Are there funds remaining? ” He asked. “We’re going to be asked to say yes/no to ‘alternates’ for this phase and we need to know where we are financially so we can dictate which components are which ones we can or cannot fund.”

Calvin and Daley said they would provide phase two financial updates to the board soon.

King + King representatives will present recommendations on the project based on the offers to the Board of Education at the February 15 board meeting.

“It’s a very quick turnaround for us to check offers, but we’re aiming for that,” Daley said.

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