BCLUW board approves bid for locker room upgrades

On its second try, the BCLUW school board got the bids it wanted for a major locker room improvement project during a special meeting Monday morning, and officials are hopeful that it will be completed in time for the upcoming fall sports season.


Belle Plaine-based Garling Construction submitted the low bid at $290,600 for the base and an alternate of $17,600 for epoxy floor finish, a total of $308,200. Hay Construction of Marshalltown also submitted a base bid of $298,700 and an alternate of $20,200.  


Board members and local engineer Larry Olson, who drew up the plans for the district, were pleased with the bids after they initially came in well over the estimate of $320,000 last month. Olson and building and grounds director Mike Hayes took an electric chipping hammer and removed the ceramic tiles themselves before putting a reinforced polymer mortar over it and painting the area.


“That’s what we did to bring the prices back to within our estimate and our budget, hopefully,” Olson said. “We’re in a hurry to get going on this thing.”


He added that conversations with a state inspector have been ongoing, and although the inspector is busy checking on fireworks distributors, he should be able to fit the locker room into his schedule. 


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