PAXTON — So far, 34 contractors have submitted bids for various work related to the construction of a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School and the renovation of both Clara Peterson and Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.
David Norris, a project executive for Chicago-based Gilbane Building Company — the PBL school district’s construction management firm — opened sealed bids on Feb. 2 in PBL High School’s Little Assembly room for 18 different bid packages. Bids came from a total of 34 contractors, with eight contractors bidding on multiple packages.
Sealed bids were also opened Friday for other aspects of the project.
Meanwhile, bidding for asbestos removal at the high school and PBL Eastlawn School and the demolition of PBL Eastlawn School is expected to take place in January or February 2019, McClure said.
The project — to be financed through the issuance of $31.45 million in building bonds authorized by a voter referendum in 2016 — will be the biggest capital-improvement project PBL has undertaken since 2005, when a new junior high school was built. Weather permitting, McClure hopes to break ground on the project in mid-March.
The project calls for tearing down the district’s oldest school — PBL Eastlawn School — and building an addition to Clara Peterson to house Eastlawn’s third- through fifth-graders. The project also involves renovations to both Clara Peterson and PBL High School and upgrading those schools’ electrical, mechanical and heating/ventilation/air-conditioning systems.
Gilbane is now in the process of reviewing the bids received, looking at the “critical” packages first — those aspects of the project that need to be done sooner rather than later, McClure said. On Feb. 7, Gilbane will provide a letter to the school board recommending the awarding of bids for those critical packages, McClure said. The board will then vote on the awarding of bids for the critical packages during its Feb. 14 meeting.
The bids opened last week came from contractors based in 21 different towns. All but two bids came from companies based in Illinois.
Champaign-based Halverson Construction Co. Inc. bid on five bid packages — the most of any contractor. Other companies bidding on more than one bid package were Davis-Houk Mechanical Inc. of Bloomington (three), A&R Mechanical Contractors Inc. of Urbana (three), Mid-Illinois Concrete & Excavation Inc. (two), Stark Excavating Inc. of Bloomington (two), Duce Construction Company of Champaign (two), Broeren Russo Builders Inc. of Champaign (two) and Mid-Illinois Mechanical Inc. of Bloomington (two).
The first bids opened were for “cast-in-place” concrete work at Clara Peterson. Five bids were opened, with the bids coming from Halverson Construction ($1,399,803), Kevin Nugent Construction Inc. of Bourbonnais ($1,232,480), Duce Construction ($1,228,000), Stark Excavating ($953,800) and Mid-Illinois Concrete & Excavation ($882,180).
Next, bids were opened for pre-cast concrete work at Clara Peterson. Bids were received from Halverson Construction ($893,014) and Coreslab Structures Inc. of Indianapolis ($798,500).
Bids for masonry work at Clara Peterson were opened next, with only one bid received — for $940,000, from Kirby & Turner Masonry Inc. of Urbana.
Only one bid was opened for structural steel and miscellaneous steel work at Clara Peterson, as well. The $1,583,290 bid came from Halverson Construction.
Halverson Construction also was among two bidders for casework at Clara Peterson, submitting a bid of $555,544. The lowest bid came from Stevens Industries Inc. of Teutopolis, at $319,906.
There were two bidders for carpentry work at the high school, as well. Bidding were Grunloh Construction Inc. of Effingham ($613,000) and Broeren Russo Builders ($346,000).
Roofing work at Clara Peterson saw two bidders, too — with bids coming from Advanced Commercial Roofing of Champaign ($756,175) and Western Waterproofing Inc. of Peoria ($709,150).
There were two bids opened for aluminum storefront and glazing work at Clara Peterson — from Illini Glass Solutions of Urbana ($866,240) and Bacon & Van Buskirk Glass Co. Inc. of Champaign ($852,900).
Four bids were opened for painting work at Clara Peterson. They came from Broeren Russo Builders Inc. ($524,600), Cosgrove Construction Inc. of Joliet ($290,480), Oosterbaan & Sons Co. of Posen ($246,500) and Paul Painting of Tolono ($238,000).
Flooring work at Clara Peterson drew two bidders — TSI Commercial Flooring of Itasca ($910,431) and Mr. David’s Flooring International LLC of Champaign ($561,323).
Wood athletic flooring work at Clara Peterson drew just one — from Kiefer Specialty of Lindenhurst ($133,000).
Only one bid was opened for food service equipment work at Clara Peterson, as well. It was submitted by Great Lakes Hotel Supply Company of Southfield, Mich. in the amount of $415,547.
For fire protection work at Clara Peterson, there were five bidders: The PIPCO Companies Ltd. ($385,000), Prairie Fire Sprinkler Inc. of Decatur ($303,934), Automatic Fire Sprinkler LLC of Normal ($283,992), Superior Fire Protection System Inc. of Forsyth ($279,900) and Matco Fire Protection Inc. of Paxton ($249,000).
Plumbing work at Clara Peterson saw six bidders — the most of any of the 18 bid packages. Bidding were: Reliable Plumbing & Heating Company of Champaign ($912,400), X-Treme Mechanical Inc. of Champaign ($861,549), Davis-Houk Mechanical Inc. of Urbana ($799,250), A&R Mechanical Contractors Inc. ($777,900), Commercial Mechanical Inc. of Dunlap ($719,000) and Glade Plumbing & Piping Co. of Kankakee ($630,360).
Mechanical work at Clara Peterson had three bidders: A&R Mechanical Contractors ($3,932,303), Mid-Illinois Mechanical ($3,359,500) and Davis-Houk Mechanical ($3,142,000).
Three bids were also opened for plumbing and mechanical work at the high school — from A&R Mechanical Contractors ($2,104,089), Mid-Illinois Mechanical ($1,821,000) and Davis-Houk Mechanical ($1,698,000).
Site work at Clara Peterson drew five bids. They were from Halverson Construction ($2,275,632), Duce Construction Company ($2,112,000), Mid-Illinois Concrete & Excavation ($1,852,320), Stark Excavating ($1,696,800) and Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka ($1,639,199).
Meanwhile, no bids were opened for gym equipment because none were received.