School construction comes in lower than expected
By Brian L. Gray
Bids for Red Trail Elementary School came in just over $9 million for its general construction, which was slightly lower than original engineer’s estimates.
“We are happy about the bid results,” said Architect Al Fitterer. “With the addition of fees, furniture and fixtures, that will put the building at about $2 million more.”
The original estimates came in at $11.5 million for the new elementary school. The total cost averages $145 per square foot for the school, while Fitterer said the average price for new schools in the state are coming in at closer to $175 per square foot.
Three bids were submitted for the school’s general construction. The bid was awarded to Professional Contractors, of Bismarck, while mechanical work was awarded to Cofell’s Plumbing and Heating, of Bismarck, and Scott’s Electric, of Wahpeton, was given the electrical contract.
To this point, the only work performed at the future school site has been the removal of trees. Fitterer says that work will proceed further soon, as the late spring and the abundance of rainfall has slowed down the work.
As part of the school’s construction, the district was also approved for a Safe Routes to School grant, which is given by the Department of Transportation.
The grant will help fund crosswalk striping on 37th Avenue N.W., new crosswalk striping and curb ramps on 43rd Street N.W. and Old Red Trail, and a flashing beacon system at the intersection of Old Red Trail and 37th Avenue N.W. It will also help pay for 1,600 feet of new sidewalk along those streets and intersections.
The grant will cover 100 percent of funds up to a maximum of $184,800. Costs include construction and construction engineering.
A total of 18 applicants were submitted for the grant and four were awarded. Bitz says that Mandan was listed as the second highest priority.