GLENWOOD | Brookwood School District 167 was presented with three options regarding the square footage and cost of the middle school it will build for the 2016 school year.
Doug Lim, vice president at Gilbane Construction, gave the board estimated costs of three different-sized buildings. Those costs included construction, demolition of the current school, design, permits, inspections, tests, legal fees and contingencies for design, construction and escalation.
Gilbane's assessments projected the cost of a 46,000 square foot school to be $15.5 million, while a 50,000-square foot building would total $16.76 million and a 60,000 square foot school to come to $19.7 million.
Voters approved a referendum in November 2012 for the sale of bonds to raise $15.8 million for a new building. The current building is about 44,000 square feet but contains a lot of unusable space, District Director of Building and Grounds Charles Anderson said.
"That is as close as we can get to the budget, from the size of the building standpoint," Lim said. "$15.5 million at this stage for the 46,000 (square-foot building) is a very reasonable number to work with."
A decision on the size of the building will be presented to STR Partners, LLC, the architectural firm in charge of the project, some time next week. Lim said he'd like the STR to be finished with the design by the end of the year.
"I think you need to give directions to STR because you're not going to increase the budget," Lim said. "I want to go out to bid right after the holidays in January. I want to be the first on one the street because I think what that does is it creates a lot more competition and more bidders coming after it."
"Hopefully that will drive the price down."
Lim said Gilbane will provide the board with more updates on the cost of the project as it moves forward.