The USD 475 Board of Education took action during its working meeting Monday night, July 15th to accept the presentation of the new Junction City High School Guaranteed Maximum Price in two steps.
“Documents are currently out to industry for proposal development but we’re seeing some requests for clarification regarding the electrical portion of the project,” stated David Wild, Chief Operations Officer.
Wild explained to the Board that this might indicate some uncertainty in the specifications adding that we don’t want to rush to failure. Investing a couple of additional weeks now to get the pricing right will be worthwhile in the long run he added.
The Board agreed to accept a GMP presentation on August 5th that will show costs for concrete, steel and under slab plumbing work. The District asked the City for a conditional permit to proceed with this work if the GMP is approved by the Board.
A second presentation on August 19th will include a GMP for all remaining site work, including athletic facilities.
This two-step approach allows construction to remain on schedule while ensuring maximum competition and best available pricing for all remaining phases of work.
In a related manner, the Board is advised that it has additional Heavy Impact Aid funds for use at its discretion to further enhance the high school project. The Board may use these dollars to add space to the high school project without impacting its mill levy and at no additional cost to the taxpayer.