Leon County School Board approves change orders with significant school cost reductions.

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Leon County School Board members have unanimously approved several construction and related contract items, The Tallahassee Democrat has reported. Notably these included change orders with significant cost reductions.

The $4.2 million two-part project at Hawks Rise Elementary School, which included expansion of the cafeteria and kitchen remodeling, was completed last year by Rippee Construction, Inc. However, several change orders, resulting from tax savings and a refund for certain building materials, such as drywall and framing,  reduced the project costs by almost $500.000 to $3,701,786.

The board accepted a change order for a Ft. Braden School project, contracted to construction management company Albritton Williams, Inc. in 2015 — lowering the total cost by $62,275, to a $2.2 million total.

The newspaper reported that superintendent Jackie Pons recommended and  the board approved negotiations with the firm H2Engineering, Inc. The estimated $750,000 job would replace a Lively Technical Center building’s existing air handling equipment and modify existing electrical systems and fire alarm devices, the newspaper reported. The interviewing committee ranked H2Engineering just above McGinnis & Fleming Engineering, Inc. during a Feb. 22 meeting.

Parker Brothers Roofing & Construction Inc. was also placed on the prequalification list for roofing and general contracting services, with a $3 million bond limit. District policy states that contractors can remain on this list for a year before their applications for prequalification are reevaluated by LCS officials.

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