Holley approves $6M in school construction bids

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: The Holley Elementary School is shown on Monday. The school will receive several upgrades in the final phase of a capital project next year.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 20 December 2016 at 6:48 pm

HOLLEY – The Board of Education on Monday approved $6 million in school construction bids, the final phase of the school district’s $30 million Capital Improvement Project.

Steve Perrigo of Turner Construction presented BOE members with the low bids from R.B. Mac Construction in Lockport – $2,263,000 for general construction work; Lloyd Mechanical in Hilton – $2,945,000 for HVAC and $224,000 for plumbing work;  and Hewitt Young Electric, LLC in Rochester – $599,500 for electrical work.

“We were thrilled with the number of bidders,” Perrigo told the BOE. “The numbers came in below budget. You are in a healthy position going forward.”

Perrigo called the bidders “qualified and responsive.”

The district has stated the improvements are being made at zero tax impact to local taxpayers.

Perrigo and Becky Cokelet of SEI Design Group presented the board with an overview of the final phase of the project before the vote on the bids.

Cokelet explained that the project, which was approved by district voters in December 2014, was broken into phases to facilitate work linking up with the release of funding. She said the scope of the project has not changed.

The final phase will be completed in 2017 and includes work at both the Elementary and Middle School/High Schools as well as site work.

Six new tennis courts will be constructed. One current tennis court will remain and a second current tennis court will be transformed into two half-basketball courts, Cokelet said.

She described facilities upgrades which include replacement of heating, ventilating and air conditioning units in the Elementary and Middle School/High School.

Windows and doors will be replaced in the Elementary School, which will also have two new playgrounds and a new bus loop to separate busses from car traffic.

Superintendent Robert D’Angelo has said he looks forward to the completion of the project and the benefits that it will bring to students and the community.

“The entire project has provided the district with one of the finest facilities in Western New York, from both an instructional and extracurricular standpoint,” D’Angelo told Orleans Hub.

“Over the past few years, it’s been great to see the community enjoy using the track and fitness center, attending performances in the auditorium, and noticing the improvements made at-large for students, especially at the Middle School/High School,” he said. “Our long-term goal is to maintain it as a state-of-the-art school facility and learning environment.”

The district superintendent said he is very happy about the number of contractors who bid on the project and the final tally of all bids, which came in under budget.

“The district is in an outstanding position financially for the remainder of the project,” he said.

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