OCSD Investment Project Phase ‘3A’ Bids Under Budget | News

OSWEGO – Recommended bids for the next phase of the Oswego City School District’s capital project, which would provide several improvements to elementary school facilities in the district, are fiscally favorable beyond initial estimates, project leaders said and district administrators at a recent school board meeting.

Phase “3A” of the $63.1 million capital project, which was approved by Oswego City School District (OCSD) voters in late 2018, was originally expected to cost up to $9.7 million, according to Craig Dailey, project manager at Syracuse-based architecture. King+King firm. The Board of Education unanimously approved the award of construction and repair work bids based on Dailey’s recommendation at a recent Board of Education meeting. Dailey said last Tuesday that the offers were about 11% lower than what was budgeted by the district, amounting to $8.677 million.

The district may also consider alternative or additional facility upgrades, which would result in expenses of up to $111,778, Dailey said.

“Our recommendations depend on what we see in the market, what we’ve seen for probably the last year and what we’re going to see over the next two years, which is also a material supply issue. than planning and labor,” Dailey said. He noted that the bidding companies all have secure, guaranteed availability and stable material prices.

Construction is expected to begin in April, with a fall 2023 closing date, Dailey said in previous meetings.

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 some exterior masonry

-Replacement of original domestic water and sanitary systems

Charles E. Riley Elementary School:

-Reconstruction of classroom interior wall systems

– Upgrades and replacements of mechanical systems

-Replacement of interior door systems and hardware

-Replacement of original domestic water and sanitary systems

Minetto Primary School:

-Reconstruction of classroom interior wall systems

– Upgrades and replacements of mechanical systems

-Replacement of interior door systems and hardware

-Replacement of original domestic water and sanitary systems

– Caulking of exterior masonry

-Replacement of some exterior door and window systems

-Replacement of asphalt pavement and improvement of drainage

Based on recommendations from King + King, the District may elect to award a general construction contract to Paul A. Castaldo, Inc., based in Port City. The base offer was $4.41 million, but would increase to $4.47 million if the OCSD approves some of the additional alternates. Alternatives recommended by King+King for general construction include Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant bathrooms at Charles E. Riley Elementary School and the Minetto Elementary School Nurse’s Office, and the reconstruction of part of a tie wall at Fitzhugh Park. Dailey noted that the snap wall portion is not up to code.

The architectural firm also recommended awarding a mechanical construction contract to King and King Mechanical, Inc. of Auburn for $1.635 million, which could grow to $1.639 million if the district greenlights two projects. alternatives. Dailey noted that the Auburn-based company has no connection to the architectural firm King + King in Syracuse. Suggested alternatives under the contract would include additional work for ADA-compliant bathroom projects at Riley Elementary and Minetto Elementary.

An electrical construction contract has also been suggested for Auburn-based Knapp Electric, Inc.. The base bid for this contract would be $1.16 million, which could go up to $1.18 if the district considers other necessary alternatives for ADA-compliant bathrooms. in the elementary schools mentioned above. These same alternates are also present in the recommended plumbing construction contract for Oswego Mechanical, Inc., based in Oswego. The base offer for plumbing services is $471,000, but increases to $488,300 with alternates.

For the masonry restoration construction contract, Dailey said King+King recommended Waterloo-based Raymond E. Kelley, Inc.. The base offer for the masonry improvements is set at $996,000. No replacement was suggested by those responsible for managing the project.

Dailey said some of the alternatives being considered by construction officials were not counting towards the project total at this stage because they could be incorporated into the district’s proposed energy efficiency project, which would result in revisions to the project. lighting and other energy components of facilities across the district. .

So far, the OCSD has completed 46% of the project, according to Superintendent Mathis Calvin III. The district has spent $28 million so far — including phases one and two, and the emergency soil remediation process — and $34.2 million remains in voter-approved funds. and allocated nearly $4.8 million in contingencies should additional construction funds be needed. Dailey gave an example of what happens to unused excess funds in a particular phase of the project. During the first phase of the capital project, which involved upgrading the lighting at Oswego Middle School, the project went over budget and the district was reimbursed the contractor nearly $47,000 into unused allowances.

“It went into the construction contingency pocket,” Dailey said.

The remaining phases of the project – “3A”, “3B”, four and five – are expected to total $42.1 million, leaving the district with an estimated project budget shortfall of approximately $7.9 million.

“These numbers are updated based on the current conditions we observe,” Dailey said, noting that the total numbers shown for future phases are estimates and will be updated to reflect more accurate projections once those phases are studied. more in detail. “The estimate we had for ‘3A’ from our construction manager was more detailed because we had more detailed plans. Phase ‘3B’, we are just beginning to enter the design work based on the information available during the voting phase of the capital project.

The $42.1 million total estimate of remaining construction costs is a tool for the district to be proactive in its financial planning, Dailey said.

Whatever the district ends up having in its contingency reserves for the project will be used to cover the projected shortfall, he added.

“These projections allow the district to manage projections and priorities as we move step by step,” he noted.

Calvin said he remains hopeful that the financial estimates for the investment project will continue to reflect positive results.

“I hope things will continue in this direction as things improve with the pandemic,” he said.

Board of Education President Heather DelConte said current projections and the possibility of bids coming in below estimated numbers are reasons to keep looking at alternatives recommended by project managers.

“It’s really important to prioritize those alternatives as we go because, let’s say things get more expensive, we’ll have fewer options as we go along,” she said. . “Right now we have to make sure we make good decisions for the future.”

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