Tuolumne, CA – Construction will shortly begin again at Summerville High as work on two long-awaited final improvements begins next month.
According to District Superintendent Michael Merrill, last Wednesday the board accepted bids from three companies who will be involved in constructing a new art building and covered eating structure to be located adjacent to the Bear Rock Café.
Merrill reports that Boyer Construction has a lion’s share of the work scope for which it will receive $573,000. Separate contracts for the art building itself and for the covered eating structure were also awarded that he says will expend all of the remaining bond funds and may require a slight dip into the General Fund.
Providing further details, he explains that Stockton-based Enviroplex will be building the new 40-foot by 32-foot art classroom building for the quoted cost of $443,821 and Porter Corp out of Sacramento will be paid $81,150 to create the covered eating structure that Boyer will install.
Work May Finish Before Current School Year Ends
“We are looking forward to moving forward on this project during this school year so we will be living amongst more construction — which is a bit difficult — but at the same time looking forward to all kinds of new things for our students as soon as possible,” Merrill enthuses.
Although the goal is to have all related projects complete in time for the next school year, he shares, “Basically, the contract says that from the start of the contract until the end…should be a total of about 120 days. So, we are looking to potentially be out of the project by the end of April, first part of May, actually.”
Merrill estimates the work to commence perhaps during the first part of February, weather permitting, adding that the construction requires all the art classes moving to the film classroom.
As reported here, the district was, back in August of last year, hoping to request bids in the fall for the remaining work scope from the $8 million Measure H bond funds that voters approved in 2012. However, waiting for the state architect’s office delayed the process. About half of the Measure H money financed the renovation of Thorsted stadium, also done by Boyer Construction, which completed in the fall of 2014.