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Bids come in for school project

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 9:41 am



Richmond County Public Schools (RCPS) have received bids for the construction project to build additional facilities onto the county’s elementary and high schools.

The construction project intends to add new facilities to both Richmond County Elementary School and Rappahannock High School in order to accommodate students being moved from Richmond County Intermediate School.

The project is expected to be complete in 2015.

According to an official bid tabulation form printed on July 2 at 3 p.m., six companies have submitted bids for the RCPS project: Southwood Builders at $15,132,000; Loughridge and Company at $15,240,000; Gulf Seaboard at $15,460,000; A.D. Whitaker at $15.6 million; Oyster Point Construction at $15,709,000; and Kenbridge Construction for $16,455,000.

Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith said that aside from the “anomaly” of Kenbridge Construction’s bid, the narrow range of bids from $15.1 to $15.7 million indicated that it was a good representation of the market in terms

of the construction project.

“Since [the bids] weren’t everywhere [in cost], we felt that it was a clean bid and it was a good, solid project design,” said Smith.

Currently, RCPS has $15 million budgeted for the project in construction funds, with an additional $1.2 million in local monies bringing their total budget to $16.2 million.

Smith said that the school division is in the process of negotiating with the contractors to preserve the contingency at around $700,000.

In response to the schools receiving the bids, Richmond County Dist. 5 Supervisor and Chairman Lee Sanders: “As far as I am concerned, we have a budget and we haven’t heard from the school yet.”