Phase 2 Status: Competitive Bidding Complete; Construction Begins
New! October 10, 2011
Representatives from Manning Construction and HTK Architects shared details from the recent competitive bid process for Phase II construction at De Soto High School. The project had a total of 21 bid packages and the district received 103 separate bids from various companies. Manning Construction and HTK Architects indicated the high number of bidders reflects the competitive nature of the current construction market.
The Phase II project will include reinforced construction materials to create a storm shelter at De Soto High School. The shelter qualifies for a reimbursement grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the amount of $827,339. Based on the bid results and the reimbursement from FEMA, the budget for Phase II is $
8,471,578. Manning Construction and HTK Architects recommended the low bidders for all packages. The construction team also recommended the alternate bid for updating the speakers/sound system in the gymnasium in the amount of $42,295.
After discussion, the board took action and approved low bids for construction of the De Soto High School Phase II expansion/renovation as presented, including Alternate #2 (speakers/sound system). Note: the funds for Phase II construction are already available and will not require the sale of additional bonds; the bond dollars are already reflected in the current mill levy.
Projected FEMA Storm Shelter Reimbursement = $827,339
The school district is applying for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. PDM provides funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities, and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.
Funding these plans and projects reduces overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations. PDM grants are to be awarded on a competitive basis and without reference to state allocations, quotas, or other formula-based allocation of funds. >> Learn more about the grant.
No increase in Property Taxes. The bonds to financially support this project have already been issued by the Board of Education and are reflected in the current mill levy.
What is included in Phase II?
Take a moment to reveiew the schematic design. >>
Activities Wing Building Addition (44,105 sf)
Description: Building Addition will consist of a 2000 Seat Gymnasium, Wrestling Room, Weight Room, Cardio Room, Activity (Multipurpose) Room, Fine Arts Flex Room, Teachers Work Room, Training Room & Building Events Entry with a Ticket Booth & Concession Stand.
Existing Wrestling Room Renovation (2,600 sf)
Description: With the wrestling room moving to the new building addition, this space will be renovated to a new Health/ PE Classroom, Men's/ Women's Restroom, PE Storage Rooms & a storage vestibule for wrestling mat delivery from the new building addition to the existing Gymnasium.
Existing Locker Room Renovation (8,000 sf)
Description: With the weight room moving to the new building addition, this space will be renovated to expand the existing locker rooms. As part of this renovated area, we will be replacing the existing PE lockers with new lockers & expanding the officials' room.
Existing Gymnasium Renovation (17,622 sf)
Description: Renovation will consist of refinishing the existing wood gym flooring, updating the existing lighting & installing a new sound system.
Existing Performing Arts Center Renovation (6,072 sf)
Description: Renovation will consist of updating the existing lighting, installing a new sound system & installing new Stage extensions.