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  • Capital school board approves money-saving measures for new Dover High School

  • The Capital School District Board of Education approved several bids and change orders on Feb. 12 that will save the district money on certain aspects of the new Dover High School and will bolster the contingency budget for the project, according to consultants from ABHA Architects. The school board also approved an established walk zone for the new high school, during its meeting last week.
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  • The Capital School District Board of Education approved several bids and change orders on Feb. 12 that will save the district money on certain aspects of the new Dover High School and will bolster the contingency budget for the project, according to consultants from ABHA Architects. The school board also approved an established walk zone for the new high school, during its meeting last week.
     
    FURNITURE
    The school board voted 4-0 to approve a $1,487,931 bid package for furniture for the new Dover High School. Board member Brian Lewis was absent from the meeting.
    The initial estimate for the cost of furniture for building was approximately $2,000,000, said Carl Krienen of ABHA Architects. The roughly $500,000 in additional funds will be used as a contingency.
    “We benefitted from the scale of the building,” Krienen said. “That led to a lot interest. We had six different bidders that bid on the products and we got very competitive bids.”
    Each piece of furniture was bid individually rather than as one large package, and included furnishings such as 16 standing height stools and 25 drafting tables with drawers, Krienen said. This allowed the district to take the lowest bid on each product. Because the bids were competitive and were lower than initially anticipated the district had additional options, he added.
    “It gave us a little leeway to include some of the products that are particularly ergonomic and of the highest quality,” Krienen said.
     
    CHANGE ORDERS
    The board also approved a change order for the material that will be used as the tread for the stairs in the academic wing of the new high school. The material was originally estimated to cost $160,000, according to Bradley Cowen of EDiS, the construction management company managing the project.
    The stair treads were not included in earlier bid packages because a decision had not been made for certain about what material would be used. That original $160,000 estimate was for a product called terrazzo, but a less expensive precast concrete step riser will be used, which led to a lower cost of $120,000. The board had to take action to approve the change order because of the price change.
     “We’re watching the dollars,” Cowen said. “We could put terrazzo…this is an equal product that is less expensive.”
    The precast stairs that will be installed at the high school have a lower cost because terrazzo is a material that has to be poured wet and installed on site, whereas the precast steps are mass produced off site. The product is less expensive, but it’s also known for its durability, Cowen said.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We’re renovating schools now that were built in the ’30s and they still have this product on the stairs,” he said.
    With The additional $500,000 being added to the contingency as a result of the under-budget furniture bids and the additional $40,000 added as a result of the change order from the stairs, the contingency budget for the new high school currently stands at approximately $900,000, Cowen said.
     
    WALK ZONE
    The board also approved a new walk zone for the new school. In Delaware, children who are in middle school and high school can be asked to walk up to two miles to school, so long as there are sidewalks and safe areas to cross on their path to school, said Bruce Ashby, supervisor of transportation for the Capital School District.
    The walk zone the board approved last week is made up of several neighborhoods located off Del. Route 8 in the vicinity of the new high school. The neighborhoods included are Village of Cannon Mills, Village of Westover, Canterbury Run, Heatherfield, East Heatherfield, Brandywine Court, The Greens at Dover and Westwind Meadows.

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