Dryden bid comes in under budget

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003

A bid to renovate Floyd Dryden Middle School came in under budget Tuesday, and city officials say construction could begin in June.

McGraw's Custom Construction of Sitka had the lowest bid, at $3.84 million, plus $104,000 for installing sliding doors in the commons and fixing up the technology room.

Dawson Construction of Bellingham, Wash., bid nearly $4.1 million plus $117,000 for the additional work, called alternates. And Coogan Construction of Juneau bid $4.59 million plus about $117,000 for the additional work.

City officials estimated about $4.05 million for construction in the project's total $5.5 million budget. It will be paid for by city bonds approved in fall 2000, to be reimbursed at 70 percent by the state. Voters extended a 1 percent sales tax for five years to pay for the city's share of the bonds and other projects.

"This good bid lets us do the base bid and the alternates," said City Architect Catherine Fritz.

The upgrade to the 30-year-old, 650-student Mendenhall Valley school will improve the gym with lighting and paint. It will add a new roof, replace the ceiling throughout the school, add paint and carpet in most of the building and replace most lockers. Improvements to lighting, plumbing and ventilation also are planned, as are some changes to accommodate people who use wheelchairs.

The city must give losing bidders 10 days to appeal. If there's no appeal and the Juneau Assembly approves the bid, work would begin shortly after school ends this year and be completed in August 2004. Most of the work would take place during the two summers, leaving classes undisturbed, Fritz said. The gym would be closed this summer only.

"It might be messy but school will be able to go on without noise and the shuffling we've had to do at (Juneau-Douglas High School)," she said. The high school is being renovated while classes continue in other parts of the building and the adjacent Marie Drake building.

But the Dryden renovation won't cover every need at the school. Juneau School District and city officials pared back the project to meet budget constraints, splitting the work into two phases. Items moved to the later phase, estimated at roughly $6 million for construction alone, await funding. They include replacing exterior windows and doors, installing a canopy over the bus waiting area, sprucing up the eighth-grade wing and replacing the heating plant.

Eric Fry can be reached at efry@juneauempire.com.

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