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Board Approves Lyseth Bid, Sending Out RFPs

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Board Approves Lyseth Bid, Sending Out RFPs
Posted on 05/11/2019
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At its May 7 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously to accept the low construction bid – from Hardypond Construction – for the Lyseth Elementary School renovation project. The Board also voted unanimously to send out requests for proposals (RFPs) for three future elementary school renovation projects now in order to better manage costs in the future.

Due to a heated construction market, the project bids came in higher than anticipated. Hardypond’s $14.5 million bid was the lowest, but came in more than $2.7 million higher than the project construction estimate of $11,732,800.

However, some of that overrun – $587,000 – will be covered by the Lyseth project’s contingency fund. Additional savings of about $650,000 from a lower electrical contract and about $295,000 from value engineering during construction are expected to reduce the overrun to about $1.2 million.

That remaining bid overrun will be covered by a Building for Our Future projects reserve fund for all four school renovation projects.

Portland voters in November 2017 passed a $64.4 million bond to renovate Lyseth, Longfellow, Presumpscot and Reiche elementary schools. Lyseth has been designated as the first school to be renovated, with a total cost pegged at nearly $15.3 million.

To help better manage the costs of the Reiche, Presumpscot and Longfellow projects, the Board on Tuesday also unanimously approved sending out RFPs for an architectural-engineering firm to design all three projects. Having just one architect for the three schools will help guide the Board in deciding on the phasing of the projects and may result in some economies of scale.