2015-03-08 / Front Page

Chesaning Union Schools award $8.9 million in contracts

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – During the Saturday, Feb. 28 school board retreat, the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education approved $8.9 million in contracts for Chesaning High School and Chesaning Middle School, as recommended by RC Hendrick general contractor Tony Leuenberger. Leuenberger indicated that by accepting the proposed bids, the projects would remain within budget. These projects will be funded using school bonds approved by Chesaning voters in May of 2014.


Bond improvements slated for the high school include interior remodeling throughout, new lighting, replacing ceiling tiles, and removing the asbestos floor tiles. Electrical upgrades are needed to provide more electrical outlets inside classrooms to operate technology-driven teaching tools. The high school needs enhanced security. The existing boilers will be replaced with new ones with ventilators; since many are corroded.

According to Superintendent Mike McGough, the exterior of the high school needs remodeling, including roof replacement, and site work. Plans are to upgrade the parking, and separate bus traffic from parent drop off by creating two traffic loops. New signage is also listed.

“Drainage is a huge issue [for] our high school athletic facilities,” McGough said, explaining that they need to add a storm water retention pond.

The plan also includes improving the high school athletic facilities, such as a new storage barn, concessions, ticket booth and support building.


Chesaning High School contracts include: LA Construction bid $724,000 on earthwork and site utilities; A-Turf Inc. bid $343,482 for a synthetic turf football field; Pyramid Paving bid $153,234 for bituminous paving; Goddard Coatings bid $85,750 for an all-weather track surface; RMD Holdings bid $59,241 for fencing; Pumford Construction bid $291,660 for concrete, $197,450 for general trades work, and $158,890 for masonry; Delta Steel bid $49,700 for metals; Booms Construction bid $80,925 for roofing and metal roof panels; Acoustical Arts bid $ 3,740 for drywall and acoustical work; Detail Painting bid $23,470 for painting; Stafford-Smith bid $22,587 for kitchen equipment; Gardiner Vose bid $17,944 for gym equipment; ASG bid $359,400 for the grandstand and pressbox; Johnson & Wood bid $135,800 for mechanical work; and Block Electric bid $507,157 for a total of $3,214,430 in improvements to Chesaning High School.


Chesaning Middle School has its share of renovation needs as well. The roof needs to be replaced. The interior needs new lighting, ceiling tile replacement, flooring, mechanical and electrical work, as well as some layout reconfiguration, Building and Maintenance Director Brian Gross explained.

The middle school also needs work on the parking areas, fencing and site signage, McGough said.

The Chesaning Middle School bids approved by the school board include: Booms Construction bid of $683,740 for general trades and $133,750 for metal wall panels; Pumford Construction bid $37,966 for masonry; Delta Steel bid $41,600 for metals; Stonecreek bid $154,830 for architectural casework; Acoustical Arts bid $579,750 for drywall and acoustical work; Architectural Glazing Systems bid $108,500 for an aluminum entrance with windows; Murray Painting bid $106,569 for painting;

CKI bid $15,296 for signs for both the high school and middle school; Dew-El bid $169,495 for science casework and fume hoods; C & M Associates bid $17,950 for gym equipment; Triangle Window Fashions bid $8,916 for roller shades; Great Lakes Fire Protection bid $133,056 for fire suppression sprinklers; Johnson & Wood bid $2,585,800 for mechanical work; Block Electric bid $856,000 for electrical work; Claridge Products bid $27,678 for visual display surfaces; and Stonecreek bid $26,900 for musical casework.


Big Rock Elementary School was not part of the bidding process in this round. However the school district has a list of improvements that will be part of the bond improvements. The elementary school could use some exterior remodeling, such as replacing the roof, upgrading the parking, playground improvements, and adding a fence around the playground. They also plan to reroute those entering Big Rock through the office for enhanced security. Big Rock has undergone an expansion and many improvements in recent years.

Superintendent Mike McGough said the challenge now is to ensure the construction stays within the budget.

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