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$6.8 million for Park Hill and Wineteer

November 05, 2018
  • Projects
By Deb Gruver as seen in Derby Informer

Derby School Board members recently approved a guaranteed maximum price of $6,851,224 for improvements at Park Hill and Wineteer elementary schools.

That amount is the maximum McCownGordon Construction can bill Derby Public Schools without a change order, explained Joe Dessenberger, director of operations for the district.

Dessenberger stressed that McCownGordon has a built-in 3 percent contingency – money that will be returned to the district if not needed. For the projects at Park Hill and Wineteer, that contingency comes in at $205,537.

Before the board approved renovating bathrooms at the schools, improvements at Park Hill and Wineteer were $124,657 under budget. Renovating the bathrooms will cost $122,622.

“This means we are $2,035 under on the guaranteed maximum price,” Dessenberger said.

School board member Matt Hoag said he was concerned because the new elementary school project is over budget.

“I’m not sure we’re going to make that up,” Hoag said.

Dessenberger told Hoag he was fairly confident there would be savings from other projects and costs would equal out.

“I’m not sure how to respond to that,” Hoag answered. “Fairly confident doesn’t feel very confident.”

Dessenberger told the Informer later that “we have several allowances at Park Hill and Wineteer at this time that may cost less than the programmed amount. We expect to see savings in these areas.”

Projects at Wineteer include one new storm shelter addition to the north that will function as classroom and administrative space and renovation of the existing lobby/cafetorium, three classrooms in the east wing, music and art classrooms and the media center. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing renovations also are planned.

At Park Hill, projects include two new storm shelter additions to the north and south to be used as class-room and resource space. The existing special education will be renovated as one classroom adjoining the south addition.

Charlie Ochs, project estimator for McCownGordon, said the company is requiring at least three bids per trade.

“Wichita is a hungry market right now,” he said.


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