Groundbreaking set for new school

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Holton Elementary School has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, it has been announced by the Holton school board.

The groundbreaking ceremony, complete with public comments by local dignitaries and music provided by the school band, will be held that day even if inclement weather requires that it be moved inside to the old fair building, said Dennis Stones, superintendent.

A guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $17,717,930 from Nabholz Construction Services of Olathe to build the new Holton Elementary School was approved on a 7-0 vote of the school board here Monday night.

With approval of the GMP, Nabholz announced it would immediately begin signing contracts with the various subcontractors that will be needed to build the new school. The site for the new school is expected to be cleared by the end of this month. A final completion date for the new school of on or around May 31, 2016, is anticipated.

At the special meeting, the school board also learned that the overall cost of the new 80,000 square foot elementary school project is now expected at $21,486,615, which is $13,385 below the school district’s budget of $21,500,000 for the project.

Back in December 2014, the school board reported that updated cost estimates for the new school were adding up to about $1.4 million over the district’s budget.

To help get the project back to within its original budget, school officials said that 11 items listed in the original scope of the project (totaling $482,868) were eliminated from the project, but maintained in an “alternate’’ list of items that might be completed if funds are available at the end of the project.

The district also has established an “owners’ contingency fund’’ of $446,859 in the project’s overall budget that could be used later for alternate projects, if the board approves the alternates.

Greg Porter of the Hollis & Miller architectural firm of Overland Park was also on hand at the meeting Monday night to provide an update on the project. Architectural and engineering fees are expected to cost $1,063,076 for the project.

Nabholz Construction listed a contingency fund budget of $442,948 that is not planned to be spent in the original scope of the project, but could be used later for alternate projects, if approved by the school board.

Jason Fruit, senior project manager for Nabholz, also announced to the board Monday night that there had been a good turnout of subcontractor bidders for the various professional services that will be needed for the project.

In most cases, Fruit said, there were three or four bidders on each subcontract item.

“It was a good bid day,’’ Fruit said.

Fruit and Preston Moore, project estimator for Nabholz, also spent about an hour reviewing with board members the list of subcontractors that Nabholz was planning to contract with for the more than 52 new building-related projects.

The projects ranged from earthwork and site prep to heating and cooling, drywall, roofing, masonry, plumbing, electrical, painting, carpentry, structural steel erection, waterproofing, etc.

Also at the meeting, the board was introduced to David Lassiter, who will serve as day-to-day superintendent on the project for Nabholz. The company will also have a project engineer on the job site each day.

*Included in discussion of the upcoming project, it was estimated that there could be as many as 200 workers on the job site in Holton on any one day.

*It was also stated at the meeting that some local sub-contractors may be working on the new school project. Nabholz representatives said that until contracts are actually signed, however, they could not announce those details publicly.

*Greg Porter of the Hollis & Miller architectural firm indicated that Marc Bowser, a Holton native and graduate of Kansas State University, works for the company.

*The projects moved from the original scope of the project to “alternates’’ include the following: concrete parking lot, granite aggregate for concrete, high efficiency classroom light fixtures, LED site lighting, cast stone for corner, PVC roofing system, reveals in gypsum drywall and cable tray.

*The Holton school board will meet Monday, March 9 at the district office for its regular monthly meeting.

The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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