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Oak Ridge renovation in District 300 slightly over budget

Overall project that includes new administration building remains under budget

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 9:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:40 p.m. CDT

CARPENTERSVILLE – The $1.174 million combined bids to make the old District 300 administrative building the new home for its alternative Oak Ridge School are over budget.

But officials from the Carpentersville-based district aren't yet scrounging the coffers to make up for the higher-than-anticipated costs. The renovation ran $125,164 over budget.

Overall construction costs for the $7 million project, including a new administration building near Jacobs High School, remain slightly under budget.

"In the overall scheme, we are under budget," board member Joe Stevens said. "We are not too concerned about it."

The second, $684,643 bid package members unanimously approved Monday for the Oak Ridge move covers electrical, plumbing, sprinkler, heating and air conditioning work to the old administration building.

The renovation to the district's old central office, near Carpentersville Middle School, began earlier this month after district board members approved initial construction bids totaling $489,637.

Administrators vacated their office space during spring break in March to have the building ready to serve the roughly 80 Oak Ridge students by the start of school in the fall. The move gives students at the alternative school a permanent location for the first time since Oak Ridge opened in 1998.

Construction, meanwhile, has started on administrators' new building next to Jacobs High. The board should vote on the final bids for that project May 12.

The $125,164 in overages for the Oak Ridge renovation includes unexpected work to expand water lines underneath Carpentersville Middle School and install new fire sprinklers at the former office space.

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