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Helmut Schmidt, Published February 25 2013

WF approves Sheyenne Phase II bids

WEST FARGO – The school board voted 7-0 Monday to approve $10,940,449.88 in bids for the Phase II fine arts and gymnasium expansion to complete Sheyenne High School.

That’s $349,949.88 more than the $10,590,500 estimate for the additions.

The board also unanimously approved a joint powers agreement with the Fargo Park District to split costs for parking, a playground and courts to be shared by the school district’s next elementary school at 3700 54th St. S., Fargo, and a park just north of the school.

On the Sheyenne expansion, the base bid for general construction on the project, which includes a new fine arts wing and adding a gymnasium onto the building, was won by Meineke-Johnson Co. of Fargo for $7,160,000.

Alternates the board decided to fund include $473,500 for an auxiliary gym; $129,000 for an orchestra classroom; and $95,500 for fitting up a fitness room. The district will save $2,800 by installing a wood floor in the auxiliary gym.

That puts the total for general construction bids at $7,855,200.

The gym in the base bid and the auxiliary gym will give Sheyenne four gym spaces, which board members said are needed in a four-grade high school.

“It will be used for teaching. It’s not like Astroturf on a football field,” Dave Olson said.

Fargo’s Manning Mechanical won the mechanical contract with a base bid of $1,280,600. Auxiliary gym work was bid at $71,370; orchestra room at $9,546; and fitness room at $21,413. Using a different temperature control system saves $9,400.

The total bid for mechanical work is $1,373,529.

Scott’s Electric of Wahpeton won the electrical contract with a base bid of $1,593,800. The auxiliary gym bid is $31,280; orchestra room at $22,785; and fitness room at $43,900. Using different lighting controls will save $14,975.

The total electrical bid is $1,676,790.

The quality assurance bid for the project was won by Northern Technologies of Fargo for $34,930.88.

Business Manager Mark Lemer said cutting costs by value engineering may further trim construction costs to finish the high school.

Shared costs

The joint powers agreement with the park district splits the costs for a shared parking lot, basketball and four-square courts, and playground equipment.

The agreement is for 25 years with five-year renewals after that. It requires:

• The school district and park district to split the $70,500 cost of a parking lot north of the school.

• The school district to pay 70 percent ($92,141) of the $131,630 cost of the basketball and four-square areas; the park district pays 30 percent ($39,489).

• The school district to pay 15 percent ($10,692) of the $71,280 cost of playground equipment for 2- to 5-year-olds; the park district pays 85 percent ($60,588).

• The school district to pay 70 percent ($78,844) of the $106,920 cost of playground equipment for 5- to 12-year-olds; the park district pays 30 percent ($32,076).

Lemer said the pact gives the West Fargo school more amenities on site for its money.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583