Construction of the elementary schools in Seth Boyden and Tuscany got one step closer to completion when the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved the lowest of six bids for the project for a total of $ 18,363,000.
The projects at the two schools represent the second series of jobs announced this year after being approved in March by the New Jersey Department of Education under the district’s $ 160 million long-term plan for the district. The capital improvement project aims to eliminate portable devices, expand classroom space, provide infrastructure improvements, and improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
APS Contracting Inc. of Paterson, New Jersey, received the offer. The base amount of the offer was $ 17,793,000, plus $ 570,000 for work in the schools’ parking lots, work on a paved recreation area in Seth Boyden, and changes to the main Tuscany office, which alone accounted for $ 400,000 of the additional cost.
The company recently completed a $ 8.2 million renovation of the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) building on the Journal Square campus to be used as a student center, as well as a renovation of the public works in Essex County in Verona in 2020 worth $ 2.1 million. In 2015, APS Contracting was relieved of its role as general contractor in the construction of the $ 32 million Union County Family Courthouse.
After the resolution was passed to the vote, board member Annemarie Maini asked whether the cost of the project was in line with the planned expenditure.
“The easiest way to explain it so far so well,” said acting company administrator Andrea DelGuercio. “We may have to settle in and see what’s really going on, but with these numbers we’re fine now.”
All nine members of the education committee voted for the tender.
“Four more, two more,” said CEO Thair Joshua afterwards.
The discussion of the bids begins after 2 hours and 39 minutes in the online video.
Last week, the BOE placed a $ 22,410,000 contract for work at elementary schools in Clinton and Jefferson with DMD Contracting LLC of Wayne, New Jersey. Construction is expected to start this summer.
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