District 117 and CTS agree to Lincoln Elementary contract

By Ryne Turke on March 2, 2016 at 8:57pm

Although the price tag for the Lincoln Elementary Project is higher than originally estimated, District 117 and CTS have reached a contract agreement.

District 117 board members unanimously approved the contract during a special meeting Wednesday, which has max ceiling of $6,179,000. The first contract presented to District 117 had a max scope of $5,425,000.

Superintendent Steve Ptacek says CTS came in under the max scope at $5,300,000. Ptacek says District 117 added on about $800,000 worth of construction that was originally unaccounted for.

“But included in those add-ons are repairs that we would normally do. They are a $160,000 complete sanitation system replacement and $120,000 for technology upgrades throughout the building. If you take those out, the total cost overage is about $460,000 higher.”

Ptacek says the contract includes a concrete parking lot upgrade to the north side of the property.

Ptacek says District 117 unable to strike a deal with CTS to create a curb-front circle drive to the front of Lincoln Elementary.

“That is a major project, worth $570,000, that we want to talk to the City about. It also includes curbs on city streets.”

The renovation cost is around $175 per square foot and Ptacek is very happy with that number.

According to Ptacek, equipment will be ordered soon, the asbestos abatement starts over spring break and construction starts on June 1st.