SLP School Board approves new school construction costs

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

The Spring Lake Park School Board April 11 awarded bids totaling $21.6 million for construction of the elementary school the district intends to build on the National Sports Center campus in Blaine.

If all goes as planned, the district will close on 11 acres of property currently maintained by the NSC near the intersection of Davenport Street and 105th Avenue later this month.

The $21.6 million in bids does not include costs for the Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Wold Architects or the city of Blaine for various permits, utilities, etc., according to Amy Schultz, director of business services for the district.

In total, Schultz estimates the pre-K-4 elementary school will come in at or under $31.9 million, the projected cost of a new elementary school ahead of the $49.9 million bond referendum approved by voters one year ago.

Construction costs came in about $500,000 under projections this month, according to Schultz.

“It was actually overall a very successful bid day for us,” she said. “We weren’t sure what to expect.”

The School Board unanimously awarded bids to the lowest responsible bidder in 30 separate work areas. Board Members Jim Amundson and Kelly Delfs were absent for the vote.

Thirty distinct contractors’ bids were approved. The bids range from $34,950 for gym equipment to $3.4 million for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

Plastic laminate casework will be rebid at a later date, Schultz said.

If everything moves forward as planned, construction will begin in early May and the school will open for the 2018-2019 school year.

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