Remodeling contracts awarded

NEW ULM – In a special meeting Monday, the District 88 Board of Education approved contracts for remodeling of the future middle (currently the high school) school and Jefferson and Washington schools.

The Jefferson and middle school campus contracts totalled $3.24 million.

The larger of the contracts included: $662,000 to M.R. Paving and Excavating for earthwork, utilities, and exterior improvements; $516,000 to Heymann Construction for demolition, carpentry, doors, frames, and hardware; $403,000 to Paul’s Electric for electrical work; $355,000 to Heymann for concrete; $260,000 to New Ulm Glass for aluminum and glazing; $235 to Deming Construction, of Fairfax, for masonry; and several others.

The M.R. Paving contract included $142,000 that will be billed to St. Paul’s School under an agreement between the two school systems. It is toward a new shared road between the two campuses that seeks to improve traffic patterns. The schools agreed to work together to avoid conflict on whose contractor builds and is responsible for the road.

With a separate motion, the board approved $145,000 worth of contracts for masonry work and an elevator at the future Washington learning center.

Some bids, in both packages, were rejected because they exceeded the amounts projected. They are tile and roofing bids.

The district engineers and architects will re-look at “scope” and “value-engineering” options, and the work will come again before the board, in time for timely completion, consultants said.