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Bids OK’d for new Toronto high school

May 5, 2012
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - Bids for the construction of a new middle and high school for Toronto have been accepted, and school officials are planning a May 19 groundbreaking.

At a special meeting Friday in the Karaffa Elementary School cafeteria, the board accepted 10 bids for various aspects of the $19 million project at the recommendation of Hammond Construction of Canton, Ohio, the project's manager.

They were:

$6,343,600 from VendRick Construction of Brookfield, Ohio for masonry and general contracting.

$622,836 from Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal of Wheeling for the roof for the 84,496 square foot building.

$286,179 from Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co. of Detroit for cafeteria equipment.

$350,700 from Southern Cabinetry of Bidwell, Ohio for cabinet work.

$982,900 from the Conti Corp. of Lowellville, Ohio for plumbing.

$134,900 from RNL Fire Systems of Boardman, Ohio for fire protection.

$1,956,000 from York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors of Youngstown for heating, ventilation and air conditioning and other building controls.

$115,223 from Tri-State Security of Steubenville for security measures, including an intruder alarm, electronic locks for the doors and security cameras and monitors.

$158,100 from Horizon Information Services of Glenshaw, Pa., for telecommunication and computer cabling.

$1,345,659 from Wood Electric of New Philadelphia for electrical wiring.

Lesko and Associates of Cleveland is the architect for the project.

Bob McAuliffe, senior project manager for Hammond, said Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co. must seek a waiver from the state because 5 percent of its staff aren't women and minorities, as dictated through the state's Economic Diversity, Growth and Equity program.

But he said he feels confident the company will be approved because it's supplying equipment, not labor, for the project.

Approving the bids were board members Robert Reeves, Larry Davidson, Jay Foster and Tim Starr. Board member Karen Walker didn't attend the meeting.

McAuliffe said crews are expected to be on-site May 21.

Starr asked McAuliffe if he believed the contractors will be able to make the Aug. 15, 2013 deadline for the project.

McAuliffe said he believes it's feasible, based on projects of similar size overseen by the company, which was hired by the state Department of Education to oversee the work.

He said plans at this time call for crews to work 450 days, Monday through Friday, until the work is completed.

McAuliffe said it helps that preparations for the site were completed last fall.

Superintendent Fred Burns said a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. May 19 at the school's future site near Karaffa Elementary School.

Burns said students will be involved in the event, and speakers will include Sophomore Class President Holly Eckard, whose class will be the first to graduate from the new school.

"This is a big day," Burns said, adding, "I think we're going to provide an excellent school building for this community."

Plans call for the school to house grades 6-12 and include new science labs, access to the Internet, room-to-room intercom communication, emergency communication systems, among other improvements.

Burns said the project would not become a reality if not for the support of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, voters who supported a bond issue in 2010, the efforts of Hammond and assistance of city officials.

Burns said about two-thirds of the $19 million project will be funded with state money, with the remaining third including the construction of a new athletic stadium.

He noted bids received initially for the project were 10 percent higher than expected, but changes were made to bring it within budget while still providing a quality school.

(Staff writer Jeremy Kins also contributed to this story.)

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