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School work starts soon as Rogue River bid taken

ROGUE RIVER ' Renovations and repairs at the high school are ready to proceed after the school board this week unanimously accepted a &

36;1,829,843 bid by Cubit Construction of Rogue River.

The district's bond committee reviewed three bids before making a selection to recommend to the school board. The citizen-based committee oversees &

36;5.38 million in construction projects approved by voters in November 2000.

Cubit Construction came in as low bidder, beating out Adroit Construction Co. and Ausland Construction Inc. All three bids were within 5 percent of each other and lower than anticipated. Cubit Construction's bid was 9 percent below OgdenKistler Architecture's estimate of &

36;2,015,980 for the project.

The project includes a new heating and ventilation system, air conditioning throughout the school (except for the gyms), a new electrical system, an upgrade of the existing fire alarm system, replacement of the building's fascia and a new sloped-membrane roof over insulating concrete.

Also included are two key items that had been bumped to alternate status if the bids came in too high: a new 3,862-square-foot cafeteria and additional storm drainage.

Steve Ennis of OgdenKistler said he was pleased the bond committee and school board moved so quickly. Prior to the vote, Ennis urged the board to accept the committee's recommendation and let the project move forward and beat the rains in fall.

Dick Handbury, school board chairperson and bond project construction liaison, said construction is slated to begin as soon as contract paperwork is completed.

We'll hopefully be issuing a start date by the end of the month, said Handbury.