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Board approves complex bids

By Emily Kram

At its regular meeting March 6, the Superior School Board approved bids for the construction of the National Bank of Commerce Spartan Sports Complex.

The Board approved six bids totaling nearly $4.74 million, which includes a 13 percent administration fee and $200,000 set aside for contingencies.

Jack Amadio, Superior school district business manager, said about $289,000 of the total cost is not committed for the project. The district expects about $88,000 in sales tax savings, and the contingency money goes back to the district if not used.

To date, the district has $4.69 million available for the sports complex. The majority of the funding, $4 million, will come from the school district’s capital improvements fund. The school district has also accepted about $690,000 in donations, with $400,000 coming from National Bank of Commerce to secure complex naming rights.

“Looking at that we’re about $47,000 short,” Amadio said.

Superior superintendent Janna Stevens said she expects a few more additions to the project funding, including proceeds of the April 17 Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour.

The Board approved six contracts for the sports complex construction, with the most costly going to Integrity for general site construction. The Board gave unanimous approval to Integrity’s $1.56 million bid, which was the lowest of the bids submitted for general site construction. Board member Robert Morehouse was not present at the meeting.

Belknap Electric also received unanimous approval for its low bid of $264,697 for the site’s electrical work.

The building and structures contract went to Lakehead Constructors by a 5-0 vote. Len Albrecht, who is a project manager for Lakehead Constructors, abstained from voting. Lakehead had the low bid at $737,090.

For the track-surfacing contract, the Board did not go with the low bid, which came from Upper Midwest. Stevens said there were concerns because the company had no website and would have used four layers of particles for the track surface instead of the eight layers proposed by most others.

Instead, the Board voted to award the contract to Athletic Field Surfaces, Inc., which handled the installation of the outdoor track at Northwestern High School. Athletic Field Surfaces’ bid of $108,750 was still about $16,000 less than the original track surface estimate.

For synthetic turf, the Superior School Board again voted to go with a company that worked on Northwestern’s complex, completed in 2008. Mondo had the low bid for both the football field and baseball fieldwork. The football field will cost $384,848, and the baseball field will cost $406,136 — with artificial turf in both the infield and outfield.

The final contract went to JWI for the installation of stadium seating and the press box. JWI had a low bid of $571,700.

Work on the NBC Spartan Sports Complex begins once the snow melts this spring.