School district negotiates contract |

School district negotiates contract

SUMMIT COUNTY – A school board representative has entered contract negotiations with Adolfson and Peterson, a general contractor from Aurora, for the construction of the new Silverthorne Elementary School.

The school board selected Adolfson and Peterson as its first choice for general contractor because it was the lowest bidder, said Schools Superintendent Wes Smith. The company was one of six contractors the board qualified to bid on the construction project.

Adolfson and Peterson bid approximately $8.7 million to build the two-story, 62,500-square-foot building with a high-quality mechanical system to ensure effective and efficient building heat and ventilation, Smith said. The school district has had difficulties with the ventilation systems in other schools.

“You don’t save money in the long run by having cheap mechanical systems,” he said. “If you spend more money up front, you’ll spend a lot less in maintenance, cleaning and utilities.”

The $8.7 million bid also would allow the district to add some upgrades to the school and still stay within the construction budget, Smith said. The upgrades include sidewalk snowmelt systems, built-in bookcases for classrooms, a sloped roof for better drainage and wood doors to minimize noise.

Though contract negotiations with Adolfson and Peterson are still under way, Smith said the contract will include a daily penalty if the company doesn’t complete the building within the agreed-upon time frame.

The biggest question facing the school district now is when it will have access to the land for the school, he said, which will, in turn, determine the targeted building completion date.

“But our goal is to open September 2004, and that looks doable,” Smith said.

Smith said he hopes the contract negotiations will be complete by the end of this week and anticipates that construction will begin later this month or in early June.

Adolfson and Peterson have substantial experience in both building schools and working in mountain communities, averaging about $282 million of work per year, Smith said. “They’re big and have a very fine reputation,” he said.

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