Bids come in 32 percent under budget, potentially saving taxpayers almost $4.5 million
Contact: Haley Miller (336) 370-3200
Created: 3/4/2010 4:52:47 PM
At its regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday, the
Guilford County Board of Education approved Bordeaux Construction of
Durham as the contractor for the Alamance Elementary School project,
which is part of the 2008 school construction bond. Prior to this and
for the last several months, TFF Architects, LLP of Greensboro has been
working with the project team including the principal, teachers,
parents, facilities staff, board members and other interested community
members to finalize construction plans.
This project includes renovation of a 1975 building and
new construction to replace older buildings that will be demolished. The
project will take the school to a capacity that can accommodate 700
students with classrooms for special programs such as art, music and
science. Work will also include new drives and parking to improve
traffic flow on the site.
The overall budget for the project is $20,300,161.
The portion of the overall budget for construction is $14,043,335.
Bordeaux Construction submitted the lowest, responsible, responsive bid
of $9,544,388, which brings the construction bid in at $4,498,947 under
budget and 32 percent below the construction budget. The figure also
includes all proposed bid alternates such as replacement of lighting and
additional improvements to finishes. In addition, the minority and
women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) participation that was submitted
with the bid from Bordeaux is 27.5 percent, exceeding the board MWBE
goal of 12.46 percent.
"This project will not only improve the learning
environment for the students at Alamance Elementary School, but is
likely to create hundreds of desperately needed jobs while saving
taxpayers millions of dollars," said Leo Bobadilla, chief operations
officer. "A tremendous amount of work has been taking place for many
months now behind the scenes with project teams involved in planning and
design efforts for many of the projects in the 2008 Bond.
"We are now starting to see the positive results of
those efforts. Going forward with other bond projects, we will continue
to work toward providing the best learning environment for our students
in the most cost effective and efficient manner."
The Alamance Elementary project is scheduled to be completed in 2011.