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Cary School District 26 receives bids for Briargate renovations

CARY – Cary School District 26 received an apparent low bid of about $2.1 million for planned renovations to Briargate Elementary School.

The finance committee was
presented with the bids Tuesday and a recommendation to the school board is expected to be completed this
week after the lowest bid, from Markham-based Tower Contracting LLC, is fully vetted, Director of Finance and Operations Jeffrey Schubert said.

The notice of bid was published Jan. 12 and bids were opened Feb. 10, according to a district memo. Bids ranged from Tower’s $2.1 million to about $2.7 million.

The lowest bid for a separate contract for asbestos abatement came in at $94,900. Both contracts will need board approval, for which a vote is expected at the next regular meeting.

The project, expected to begin
at the start of summer, includes the installation of air conditioning,
restroom renovations, flooring renovations, new electrical service, domestic water piping, casework replacement, fire-rated partitions, some new ceilings and lighting, and new HVAC controls, district documents said.

Briargate, a 50-year-old structure, is the last occupied building in the district without air conditioning, Schubert said.

“We’ve deferred capital improvements during the financial downturn of the district, but we’re taking steps to improve our facilities, and we’re using our fund balance we’ve set aside to accomplish that,” he said.

Funding will come out of the district’s capital projects fund balances, which have been accumulated over time with this project in mind.

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