Massillon firm low bidder on Ridgemont school project

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RIDGEWAY —Seven companies submitted proposals for Ridgemont Local Schools' new preK-12 school building project and five of them came in with base bids under the school’s allotted budget.

Massillon-based Jeffrey Carr Construction was the low bidder on base bid and with all the alternatives added, the Kenton Times reports. Mr. Carr’s base bid was $16.884 million and its total bid with add-ons was $17.331 million when bids were opened at the Ridgemont High School library on Thursday afternoon.

The amount budgeted for the project is $17.2 million, which mean one of several add-ons would have to be eliminated until its known near the end of construction if there is funding leftover, according to Joe Studer with construction manager Smoot, Elford and McDaniels.

Among add-ons in the alternatives are a roof canopy at the playground, northwest and southwest entrance canopies, playground equipment, exterior classroom work and furniture, a loop road and a connecting sidewalk, and lightning protection.

The board decided it would eliminate the loop road, which is estimated to cost just over $100,000, to keep the project within budget, noting it would be the easiest thing to add later.

The elimination of the loop road, but with the other add-ons, would bring Jeffrey Carr’s proposed bid to just over $17.2 million.

The school board will vote at its March 27 meeting on whether or not to approve the contractor.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project is slated for 2 p.m. April 6 and the building is expected to be completed in time for the 2015-16 school year.