The Edmond Sun


March 15, 2014

School administrator details renovation plans

EDMOND — Four bids for renovation for schools across the district totaling $4.6 million were voted on and accepted by Edmond Board of Education members.

North High School’s renovation project was awarded to AC Owen Construction of Edmond in the amount of $2.2 million for the lowest, best bid.

Thirteen firms were plan holders with 12 firms providing bids.  

Bret Towne, district operations director, told board members although AC Owen Construction has not performed work for the district up to this point and the company is less than 5 years old, the owner has many years of construction experience, supervision and management with several more established contracting firms.

The project will be funded from the 2012 Bond Fund.

Santa Fe High School’s renovation project will cost about $1.4 million and will be funded from the 2012 bond fund.

Towne said 17 firms were plan holders with 12 firms bidding. The lowest, best bid including alternates for bleacher repair was from J.L. Walker. This company’s last job with Edmond Public Schools was the Memorial media center and wrestling locker room expansion and renovation more than eight years ago.

The lowest, best bid for the Custodial Center/District Warehouse renovation project was from AC Owen Construction Company in the amount of $960,300. Towne said seven firms were plan holders with all seven firms bidding.

The lowest, best bid for the elementary secure fencing projects at Angie Debo, Centennial, Northern Hills and West Field elementary schools was from Weaver Contracting Incorporated in the amount of $69,800. Eight firms were plan holders with four firms bidding.  

Weaver Contracting just finished the repairs to the outfield fence and railing damaged by high winds during a storm at the Memorial baseball field, said Steve Herron, construction supervisor. They also replaced the backstop netting.

Towne also reviewed plans for the construction of Middle School No. 6, Heartland Middle School. He told board members the primary aspects of the construction are: Construction of about 120,000 square feet of middle school spaces, which include offices, cafeteria and kitchen, four classroom wings, music, band, drama, vocal art, technology education, computer lab spaces, gym and locker room.

There will be planned and separated loading and unloading zones for parents, buses and special education buses, athletic fields will be bid this summer and eighth grade classrooms and a second gym will be on next year’s bond issue for approval.

Renovations, additions and updates approved earlier include: Memorial High School, Orvis Risner Elementary, district’s Administrative Center office addition, parking and warehouse additions.

Towne told board members there have been no significant plans since preliminary approval for each site.

At Memorial, renovation will include: Existing science classrooms including lab stations, flooring, ceiling tile, lighting, painting, plumbing and additional casework; existing science and chemical storerooms to include finishes, flooring, lighting, plumbing, paint and ventilation; regular classrooms to include ceilings, floor and painting; hallways including installation of wall tile and west side lower gym seating to meet ADA regulations.

New construction and renovation at Orvis Risner Elementary includes: Construction of new entrance to the school, remodel and upgrade front offices, construct new areas for counseling, psychologists, teacher lounge and teacher workroom; expand and renovate the existing kitchen and renovate the existing cafeteria and classrooms and hallway on the south and southeast side of the building.

The Administration Center office addition, parking and warehouse additions will include additional parking west of the building, construction of a storage warehouse, construction of offices north of the curriculum area, construction of an office in the “old” board and technology suite, renovations to increase privacy and storage room space in the personnel area and addition of storefront window sections to seal in the walkway.

Re-roofing projects are planned at Northern Hills and Chisholm elementary schools and Central Middle School.

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