Tri-Creek awards contracts for construction projects

By: Melanie Csepiga, The Times

April 20, 2017

LOWELL — The Tri-Creek School Board has awarded contracts for the first phase of construction projects expected to cost an estimated $5 million at Lowell High School.

The board also agreed to advertise for bids for the second phase. That work includes construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Building to house vocational and trades education spaces.

Tri-Creek Business Manager Dana Bogathy told the board bids for the first phase, primarily interior work, came in at less than the projected total of $1.2 million, allowing all four alternates to be included at a total first phase cost of $1,050,540.

The winning bidders and their base bids are Gariup Construction, Gary, $427,500; Oosterbaan & Sons Painting, Posen, Illinois, $39,200; Arctic Engineering, Merrillville, $469,000; and Sweeney Electric, Merrillville, $71,320.

The work, some of which will begin while school is in session, includes HVAC renovations to eliminate pipes freezing plus energy-saving controls, main gym sound system upgrades, LED fixtures in special education classrooms and other spaces, skylight soffit repair, flooring, swimming pool upgrades, and repainting the field house. Outdoors, an under-drainage system for the varsity baseball outfield will be added and a chain link, safety fence under the football field bleachers will be installed.

Bogathy congratulated Thomas Kuhn of Carras, Szany, Kuhn & Associates, the architectural firm handling the ambitious construction projects at Lowell High School. “It was highly technical,” she said in commending his work.

The board approved the architectural fees proposal of $275,000.

The old bus garage on the high school campus will be demolished to make way for the Advanced Manufacturing Building.

On May 13, time yet to be set, the school district will hold an auction to dispose of surplus and outdated equipment and supplies at the former bus garage. Earlier, the board reviewed items to be auctioned.

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