Board approves construction contract for new East Cliff Elementary School
Jun 19, 2014 | 905 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gregory-Portland ISD School Board voted to award a contract for the construction of the new East Cliff Elementary School Tuesday night.

Stoddard Construction Management, Inc. – a company based in Bulverde – will construct the school; a project that will cost $16 million.

WKMC Architects issued construction documents for the project, and Vice President Bill Wilson presented the initiative to board members during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. He said the company originally received four bids on the project, but that number was later cut in half.

“On May 5, we issued the bid,” Wilson said. “We received statements from four contractors. Two got other work. So we were down to two, which is much less than I’d like to have had.”

Stoddard’s bid was $1.5 million under the budgeted $17 million the board authorized for the project, however. Alternate pricing for terrazzo floors at corridors, polished concrete masonry units at corridors, and a walking track at the playground was added to Stoddard’s $15.5 million bid to bring the project’s total cost to almost $16 million.

In addition to the company’s agreeable price tag, Wilson said Stoddard’s quality of work is reputable.

“We’ve gotten good reports on the contractor,” Wilson said. “They’ve done a lot of work in San Antonio. They’ve done a lot of historic preservation work on courthouses. Normally, that’s not terribly important, but it does take quite a bit of skill. We think that’s a plus.”

Board member Becky Macha said community members will be glad to see progress on the project.

“People will be so happy to see ground moving out there,” she said.

Superintendent Paul Clore said East Cliff’s below-budget price tag fell in line with the school district’s financial progress this year.

“As a district, all the projects came in $2.5 million below the budget set aside for all the projects,” he said. “There is no other school district in the Coastal Bend that can put that statistic forward.”

Wilson said construction on the project will begin in three weeks, and the school should be operational in fall 2015.

David Batot, the district’s construction manager, said additional construction projects – the new sports complex at the high school and Stephen F. Austin’s new wing – are running ahead of schedule.

“They will pour the slab at Stephen F. Austin next week, and they poured the exterior beam at the high school today,” Batot said.
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