SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux Center Community School District Board of Education approved the second set of bid packages during its Monday, Aug. 5, board meeting.

The bids are for work on constructing the new Sioux Center High School building, about a half-mile east of the current high school at the site of the former Sioux Speedway by the Sioux County Fairgrounds.

With an overall project budget of $42.9 million, the project has been divided into 18 bid packages that is being issued in two parts, according to Nick Liston, who is a project manager with Carl A. Nelson & Company, an Iowa-based construction company.

The first bid issuance, approved by the school board earlier in the summer, totaled $12,504,942 and consisted of bid packages one through six. The school district had budgeted $12,332,706.

Work in the first bid issuance include such tasks as site work and utilities, paving and surfacing, landscaping and masonry work, among other things.

The second bid issuance contains the remaining bid packages, seven through 18.

“All in all, we had pretty good bid participation,” Liston said. “We had good, competitive bids.”

The combined base bids for bid packages seven through 18 came in at $20,831,284.

For that set of bid packages, the school district had budgeted $20,427,691, meaning that the project is running over budget.

“We feel very good where we are at with the budget of the project,” said district superintendent Gary McEldowney. “We know that a project of this magnitude, there’s always going to need to be some wiggle room. The school board and I were very happy with the results.”

He said combining the competitive bids they received along with the good bid they received for the district’s general obligation bond is working in the district’s favor.

During the July 18 school board meeting, the school board approved a bid for a 2.803192 percent interest rate for the district’s $15,875,000 bond to fund the new high school’s construction.

Awarded the bids for the packages were:

  • Schelling Construction Inc. of Sioux Center was awarded three of the bids. They got the low bid for work on fireproofing the structure ($348,201), roofing and sheet metal work ($754,130) and general trades work ($2,566,184) at the new facility.
  • Ford Metro Inc. had the low bid of $1,325,600 for curtain wall, aluminum storefront, glass and glazing work.
  • Tri-State Drywall, LLC, bid $1,646,000 for studs, drywall, insulation and painting work.
  • FM Acoustical Tile, Inc., bid $519,900 for installing acoustical and special ceilings and acoustical treatments.
  • MCI Inc., bid $971,000 for flooring work.
  • Schumacher Elevator Co. bid $129,362 to handle work related to the installation of an elevator at the new high school facility.
  • Xtreme Fire bid $265,900 for work associated with fire protection.
  • Krier & Blain, Inc., bid $5,978,600 for plumbing and HVAC work.
  • Connected Electric bid $4,525,000 for electrical, communications and technology work.
  • Institutional Services, Inc., bid $607,506 for food service equipment.

The bids were approved 3-0, and follow-up action approving the corresponding contracts for that work were likewise approved. Board members LoriAnne Andersen and Nathan Bullock were absent from the meeting.