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Contracts are awarded for New Ulm High School project

M.R. Paving & Excavating of New Ulm is in the process of excavating and getting utilities to the new high school site.
The New Ulm Public School Board approved bids for Bid Pack #2 during their June 25 meeting. Winning bids include:
Carpentry – $353,348, Gopher State Contractors, Rice, MN
Ventilation – $4,289,700, McDowall Company, Waite Park, MN
Metal Panels – $423,900, GAG Sheet Metal, New Ulm
Joint Sealants – $39,700, Waumandee Creek Sealants, Fountain City, MN
Overhead Doors – $64,398, Noshbush Glass, New Ulm
Entrances, Storefront, Windows – $518,575, New Ulm Glass, New Ulm
Translucent Skylights – $66,541, W.L. Hall Company, Hopkins, MN
Drywall – $413,200, Pietsch Construction, Madelia, MN
Athletic Flooring – $237,560, Heideman Homme, Minneapolis, MN
Acoustical Ceilings – $313,000, Twin Cities Acoustics, Plymouth, MN
Folding Partitions – $111,878, Hufcor, Golden Valley, MN
Lockers – $162,000, Lyon, LLC, Montgomery, MN
Food Service Equipment – $679,575.77, Culinex, Fargo, MN
Laboratory Casework and Equipment – $220,125, Innovative Laboratory Systems, Rockford, MN
Stage Curtains – $72,872, SECOA, Champlin, MN
Athletic Equipment – $134,956, H&B Specialized Products, Eden Prairie, MN
Casework – $244,700, Southern MN Woodcraft, Faribault, MN
Telescoping Bleachers – $105,517, Seating and Athletic Facility Enterprises, Ellendale, MN
Fire Suppression – $288,600, Xtreme Fire Protection, Bourbonnais, IL
Plumbing – $1,228,900, GAG Sheet Metal, New Ulm
Roofing – $1,233,100, GAG Sheet Metal, New Ulm
Electrical – $3,222,818. Paul's Electric, New Ulm
Voice & Data – $270,800, Anderson Technology, Isanti, MN
Sound Systems – $468,500, Olympic Communications, Spring Lake Park, Minn.
The total amount for Bid Pack #2 came to $15,122,143.77, with a bid for auditorium seats yet to be approved.
The only item on the bid pack that was debated was the roofing. The project manager, Kraus-Anderson, recommended going with a bid from $1,520,300 from McDowall Company over the low bid of $1,233,100 from GAG Sheet Metal. The Kraus-Anderson representative explained that they were not recommending GAG's bid because the EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber roof system they proposed can not be constructed when it is very cold. Their concern was that weather could cause delays in putting the roof on, hence delaying and adding costs to the entire project.
"We're right in that range [winter time] that it could really cause some disruption to the schedule," the Kraus-Anderson representative stated.
"My feeling is that we should go with the low bids," Duane Winter stated. "I don't see if we're taking the low bid on everything else we should change our tactic on this."
Both systems have 30 day warranties. The board voted to go with the GAG Sheet Metal bid with Board Member Steve Gag abstaining on that vote and the other bids involving GAG Sheet Metal.
Superintendent Jeff Bertrang said the wet spring has caused some issues with the project but, on the bright side, it has kept the dust down, which was a concern of his during the excavation. The wetland delineation study for the project has been approved by the county board responsible for approval of wetland determinations. This delineation allows for more up front earthwork, parking lot prep and utilities than they had previously thought they would be able to do.

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