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Steamboat Schools’ $2.9 million roofing job split among 3 large contractors

Steamboat Springs school officials are hoping contractors won't find many unpleasant surprises in summer 2018 when they begin peeling back roofs on buildings like Steamboat Springs High School, to replace them. But consultants advising on the project have built another $2 million over the combined bids of almost $3 million just in case.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Board of Education voted Monday in favor of awarding nearly $3 million in roofing contracts to not one, but three, large roofing companies to replace the roofs on five district buildings, including three schools.

The work is planned to take place in summer 2018 using funds generated through a $12.9 million bond issue approved by voters Nov. 7, which will allow the district to catch up with overdue maintenance in several areas, including roofs.

Owners representative Todd Raper told school board members Monday that 10 companies submitted bids on the overall roofing project. He recommended, in the interest of meeting the goal of replacing school district building roofs before students return to classes in August 2018, that the work be divided among the three lowest bidders.

The combined bids total $2.89 million, well below the $5.1 million Raper's colleague Colleen Kaneda estimated in June. But School Board President Joey Andrew suggested it would be premature to celebrate.

"We are very excited but also nervous,” Andrew said. “We do think as we start peeling back some of the (old) roofs, we may find some issues."

He added that Kaneda built extra money into the estimated cost of roof replacement for that reason.

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School Superintendent Brad Meeks said the $2.89 million covers “hard” costs only, and with an estimated additional 10 percent for soft costs, including services like design, site supervision and inspection, plus $185,000 for contingencies, the overall budget is closer to $3.364 million at this point.

Also Monday night, the school board voted unanimously to approve a resolution allowing district attorney Michael Holloran and bond counsel Butler Snow to complete the details necessary for selling the general obligations bonds approved by the voters in November. The proceeds will fund the roof replacements as well as costs associated with rehabilitating the high school athletic field, including an all-weather track, and modernizing heating and air conditioning systems at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

And in a related matter, the school board has selected the architectural and engineering firm Hord Coplan Macht to provide services for this year's capital projects. HCM will also be engaged in master planning for future capital projects that may go to the voters for funding in 2019.

Up on the roof

The school district buildings that will be re-roofed this summer include the high school, middle school and Strawberry Park Elementary School, as well as the transportation facility. The fifth roof is that of the administration building on Seventh Street in downtown Steamboat, which also houses the Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Boys & Girls Club.

Meeks confirmed Tuesday that local roofing companies were invited to bid on the projects, and of the 10 bidders that responded, one was a local firm, but it was not awarded a contract.

"Five contractors bid each of the five components," Raper said, but, “the solution that made the most sense," was splitting up the work among contractors in order to have as many workers as possible working on all roofs at all times.

"I put the group with the most horsepower (Nations Roof) on the high school," Raper said. "I spent an hour and a half with Nations — they are the largest roofer in the country. They bid all of it, but they were actually hoping it wouldn't all go to them."

Nation's successful bid to do the work at the high school was $1.17 million. CRW Roofing, which lists the Sheridan School District among its clients, with offices in Englewood and Grand Junction, was awarded the bids for the middle school and Strawberry Park Elementary at $584,111 and $424,197 respectively.

Arapahoe Roofing, with 150 employees in Denver, will replace the roofs on the transportation facility for $190,546 and at the administration building for $520,000.

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