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'A lot of dust to fly in Dodge in 2017'

Work continues on bond projects around the district and Ryan Rowley with Hutton Construction presented Guaranteed Maximum Prices (GMP) on three of the projects at the Nov. 15 USD 443 Board of Education meeting.

“We got good competitive subcontractor bids on the project at Dodge City High School,” Rowley said.  “The GMP is $28,529,909, which is below what we projected.”

Work at the high school includes additional classrooms, performing arts space, tornado safe areas, renovated professional offices and preparatory areas, new career and technical education rooms and a new physical education space with locker rooms.

Rowley said they also received good completive pricing and ‘diversity’ on bidding on the Soule Elementary School projects, something he calls, “exciting.”  The GMP for that project is $6,393,308.

At Central Elementary School, partial work is being bid to get some electrical service upgrades done during the last three weeks of the year.  GMP for that work is $59,135.  The nature of the work requires electrical and data/phone service to be shut down for a week.  However, the work is being done over winter vacation, resulting in little impact of school operations.

In addition, Tom Montgomery with GLMV Architecture updated the board on other bond projects, including ongoing work at Wilroads Gardens, Linn and Beeson.  The storm-projected kitchen and cafeteria space at Wilroads, along with the storm-protected multipurpose areas at Linn and Beeson should be finished shortly after the first of the year.

“Overall, projects are on time and within budget so we're grateful,” William Hammond, Executive Director of Business and Operations said.”

Work on Miller Elementary has already begun and is expected to start at Sunnyside in December.  Northwest and Soule begin construction in January.  Central starts the largest part of its project in February and Comanche and Ross, both of which are receiving only security upgrades, are on schedule for March and April of 2017.  Work at the high school should begin as early as December and finish in 2018.  The large project at Dodge City Middle School is scheduled to begin in February.

“A lot of dust is going to start flying around Dodge in 2017,” Montgomery said. 

Montgomery praised Hutton on the work they’ve done on receiving bids.

“How you put these projects out to get good bids takes a lot of work and I really think Hutton did a good job,” he said. 

The board toured the projects recently and will continue to receive ongoing updates.

“Just let me know when the last modular classroom is gone and we'll have a party,” board member Jeff Hiers said.




Yvonda Offerle