$22.6 million in low bids opened

CSArch Project Manager Scott Wolfe conducts capital project bid openings for the Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent Tuesday afternoon at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District’s engineering firm on Tuesday opened $22.6 million worth of low bids for the district’s last major phase of capital project work to be completed in the next couple of years.

Five sets of bids were opened, with the same Albany County construction firm winning both major general construction low bids totalling more than $15 million.

The district estimated roughly $29 million worth of work remains, and district officials said following the bid openings that items such as information technology work and other fees must be factored in.

Representing the school district at Tuesday’s bid openings by Albany-based engineering firm CSArch were Superintendent Patricia Kilburn, Director of Facilities II Leo Loveless and Director of Facilities I David Wood.

The school district opened bids for the second major phase of the $39.6 million capital plan approved by district voters in December 2014. The state is paying for about 95 percent of the cost of the projects involving all district buildings. That part of the project is known as 4B, and plans for it were submitted last year by CSArch to the State Education Department and approved.

Scott Wolfe, project manager with CSArch, announced the bids with about 15 to 20 representatives of contracting firms present in the Lecture Hall.

The large bids opened Tuesday were in general construction, and the district received two regarding work planned at Johnstown High School. The low base bid of $10.94 million was from Bunkoff General Contractors Inc. of Latham.

Two general construction bids also came in for work at Knox Junior High School and the city’s three elementary schools. The low base bid of $4.42 million was also submitted by Bunkoff General Contractors Inc.

Mechanical construction work for the remaining capital work saw six bids submitted, with the low bid of $3.09 million received from John Danforth Inc. of Malta, Saratoga County.

Five electrical construction bids were received, with the low bid of $2.24 million submitted by DLC Electric LLC of Troy, Rensselaer County.

The DiGesare Group of Schenectady submitted the only bid for plumbing construction at roughly $1.9 million.

Kilburn said Tuesday that CSArch and fiscal advisors must review the low bids at least two times, checking qualifications, before final firms in all five areas are recommended to the district for approval.

The Board of Education has set a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. March 22 at Johnstown High School to review the bids.

Some of the work planned for the final construction phase will involve: the pool, gymnasium and main office at JHS; renovations to classrooms for music, art, science, home economics, and technology at Knox Junior High School; library, chorus room, band room and bathroom work at Warren Street Elementary School; removal of the stage and addition of cafeteria space at Glebe Street Elementary School; and renovations to the main entrance and main office at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Chad Fleck

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