Contract OK’d for $168K of seismic work on auditorium

Sean C. Morgan

The Sweet Home School Board voted Monday to approve a $168,000 contract to engineer and manage a seismic upgrade project in the Sweet Home High School Auditorium.

The $1.4 million project is funded by a state Seismic Rehabilitation Grant.

Business Manager Kevin Strong asked the board to approve the contract during the board’s regular meeting on Monday evening.

The district submitted a request for proposals using the Oregon Procurement Information Network in July.

Strong said two companies responded and attended a walk-through, and one company, ZCS Engineering of Klamath Falls, submitted a proposal.

“ZCS was instrumental in helping us put together our seismic grant proposal and has a good understanding of the work that needs to be done to upgrade the auditorium to life safety standards in case of a major quake,” Strong said.

ZCS proposed a maximum payment of $167,600, including all fees, reimbursements, expenses and sub-consultant costs related to the project. The scope of work includes pre-design, schematic design, design development, creation of the construction document, selection of the general contractor, construction administration and project management.

The cost is similar to what other districts have paid for similar services, Strong said. Silverton paid $183,500 on a $1.5 million grant project at Butte Creek School. Lincoln County paid nearly $200,000 on a $1.5 million project in the Toledo High School gymnasium.

“ZCS is very experienced working with state seismic grant projects,” Strong said. It managed an auditorium seismic upgrade for Klamath Falls City School District with many similarities to Sweet Home’s project, and it recently completed a seismic upgrade to the Roseburg High School gymnasium.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of September 2017.

“It is an aggressive timeline,” Strong said. “We’ll be nearing completion this time next year.”

Schematic designs are scheduled for completion by the end of September and construction documents by the end of January. The bidding period will end at the end of February with construction starting in mid-June.

Present at the meeting were board members Jenny Daniels, Chanz Keeney, Jason Redick, Carol Babcock and Debra Brown.

Absent were board members Jason Van Eck, Angela Clegg, Nick Augsburger and Chairman Mike Reynolds.

In other business:

– Strong reported that the district has repaired two out of four water sources that tested positive for lead earlier this year. Two remain, including a valve box at the high school softball field and a drinking fountain in the high school metal shop.

If they repaired before school starts, the district will not turn the water on in those locations. The district will provide water to the metal shop another way until repairs are complete.

– The board approved the hire of Paislee Schreiter, special education, Sweet Home High School, and Tyson Migliaccio, biology and integrated science at Sweet Home High School.

– The board accepted resignations from Luke Martin, math, Sweet Home Junior High, and Rachel Sundquist, temporary fifth grade at Oak Heights.

– the board approved receipt of a $7,000 grant from the Chintimini Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation to fund TAG science camp for grades kindergarten through six districtwide.