Burgin accepts bids for $1.7 million school project

December 11, 2003|ANN R. HARNEY

BURGIN - Burgin Board of Education approved bids for a $1.7 million construction project Wednesday night.

The heating and air conditioning system at Burgin School will be replaced, and restrooms, classrooms and the band room will be renovated.

Van Cook Construction of Danville will serve as general contractor at a cost of $1.205 million.

Superintendent Richard Webb said last month that he thought the board would only be able to replace the heating and air conditioning and renovate restrooms with the bonding capacity it has.

The board had several alternatives to add to the basic bid, and the two recommended by Larry Schwering of Lucas/Schwering Architects of Lexington for adoption were the addition of two classrooms and the expansion of the band room.


"They were good, close bids," Schwering told the board. He said the Van Cook representative present at the bid opening seemed excited to have the job. "They are eager to get started."

The board was interested in why an elevator was not one of the alternatives recommended by the architect.

Schwering and his associate, Marcus High, said there currently is not a need to assist handicapped students to get to the second floor, and if that becomes a problem, then the school board can consider the purchase of a chair lift.

Joe Nance of Ross, Sinclair Associates explained the money available for the project.

After bonds are sold next month, Nance said, the board's bonding capacity (for other projects) will amount to very little.

"There's not going to be a lot left over," he told the board. He expects the average interest rate over the 21-year life of the bond issue to be about 4 percent.

The board adopted the financing that Nance recommended.

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