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School repair, improvement bids sought : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
School repair, improvement bids sought
Funding for 13 projects to come from district's capital projects account

by Lyle R. Rolfe


Repairs and other improvements estimated to cost $3.6 million will be made to Oswego School District buildings and facilities later this year.

School district board members authorized school administrators Monday evening to seek bids for the work on 13 projects estimated to cost just over $3.6 million.

The 13 items were culled by Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt from a list of 17 items prepared by school officials earlier this month and presented to board members at their March 31 board meeting.

The original list was prioritized in March by members of the Citizens Advisory Facility and Planning Committee and presented to the board for discussion.

Wendt said he and other staff members reviewed the committee recommendations and made some changes so they could lower the cost and have the most needed repairs done.

The original list included repairs, upgrades and replacements in schools, buildings, and other areas in the district estimated at $7.8 million by Mike Barr, director of facility construction and development; Bill Baumann, director of operations; and Pat Dacy, assistant director of facility construction and development. They conducted an evaluation of all property in the district, which was submitted to the committee for review and recommendation.

The three toured each building and met with the administrators and building engineers at each school, to survey their conditions.

They also received assistance from engineers, architects, and contractors in preparing a list of major needs and concerns for each building.

The 13 projects left on the final list that the district will seek bids for include replacing the chiller at The Wheatlands Elementary School, 2290 Barrington Drive West, Aurora. This unit provides chilled water to the HVAC systems throughout the building and is a backup to the existing boiler chiller. The cost is estimated to be $625,000, and would take 10 weeks to complete.

The chiller at Fox Chase Elementary School at 260 Fox Chase Drive North, Oswego, will be replaced with a high efficiency oil-free centrifugal chiller at a cost of $450,000. It will take 10 weeks to complete.

Also included among the projects is replacing part of the 24-year-old roof at Oswego High School, 4250 Rt. 71, Oswego at a cost of $250,000. It will take eight weeks to install the new roof which will have a 20-year life expectancy.

The fire alarm panel installed in 1997 at Thompson Junior High at 440 Boulder Hill Pass, Oswego, is obsolete so it will be replaced at a cost of $20,000 over a four-week period.

The nine-year-old epoxy floor in the kitchen at Churchill Elementary School at 520 Secretariat Lane, Oswego must be replaced because the original installation was poorly done. This two-week-long project will cost $24,000.

District officials can negotiate contracts for the fire alarm panel and kitchen floor without advertising for bids because the projects are under $25,000.

Hower, the district must advertise for competitive bids on the other projects that were on Wendt's list from the previous meeting.

The 27-year-old outdoor track around the Oswego High School football field will be replaced at an estimated cost of $500,000 over 10 weeks. The new track will have a 20 to 25 year life expectancy.

And Wendt, a former track coach, said they will ask for an alternate bid to add an eighth lane to the track making it useable for more competitive events.

Officials also plan to seek bids for redoing the 10-year-old swimming pool at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. It needs resurfacing and deck restoration along with removal and replacement of the aggregate plaster finish over the entire interior pool surface. It will cost an estimated $210,000.

Pavement improvements at Bednarcik Junior High at 3025 Heggs Road, Aurora and Wolf's Crossing Elementary School, 3015 Heggs Road, Aurora will be among the projects. Officials said they need to remove and replace the parking lot pavement, a sidewalk, install additional drainage, remove and replace some curbing, and patch other areas.

This project is estimated to cost $500,000 and take 11 weeks to complete.

Other pavement improvements will be done across 4.2 million square feet of parking areas in the district. They include asphalt seal coating, crack filling, patching, and restriping all estimated to cost $591,775.

The 10-year-old track around the Oswego East football field will be resurfaced at an estimated cost of $65,000, giving it a new life expectancy of 10 years. The work will take four weeks.

Pavement improvements will be made at the seven-year-old Brokaw Early Learning Center at 1000 Fifth St., Oswego. Part of the parking lot subgrade has been damaged by ground water and needs replacement.

This work is estimated to cost $140,000 and take six weeks to complete.

The parking lot at Thompson Junior High at 440 Boulder Hill Pass, Oswego, also will undergo reconfiguration, a project estimated to cost $45,000 and take 11 weeks.

The six tennis courts at Oswego High School are scheduled for work. The courts are only six years old but ground water caused the subgrade to fail. The project, estimated to cost $200,000 will take 11 weeks to complete.

Associate Superintendent Dr. Paul O'Malley said the district has $7.2 million in funds remaining from past construction projects. Part of the funds will be used for the approved projects.

"This money is available in the district's Capital Projects Fund for additions, renovations or other capital projects.

"The money, in part, is the result of savings generated from being under budget on several past construction projects, including two high school additions, a new maintenance facility, a new transportation facility, and several board-approved capital projects," he said.

They include projects from 2007 through 2013 that came in under budget, and a balance from bonds sold for the recently completed additions to the district's two high schools.

The funds also include money from the $450 million General Obligation Bond Issue approved by the votes in November 2006 for construction of several new schools, additions to others, and some repairs.

O'Malley said there is no time limit on when bond proceeds must be spent.

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