Providence Middle renovation moves forward

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During its Aug. 8 meeting, the Chesterfield County School Board voted to move forward with the renovation of Providence Middle School by authorizing the superintendent to enter into a construction agreement with Branch Construction.

The upcoming renovation includes improvements to the entire school facility including HVAC upgrades, electrical upgrades, roof replacement, kitchen renovation, site improvements and upgrades to instructional areas. The renovation of Providence Middle, which was built in 1968 and last altered in 1987, is part of the bond referendum approved by voters in 2013.

Three bids were received by the July 26 deadline for the second round of construction bids. Branch Construction’s winning bid was $22,642,480. The bid was $2.07 million higher than project cost estimates developed nearly four years ago; however, it was significantly less than the first bid which came in $5.6 million higher than anticipated.

As a part of its action on Aug. 8, the School Board authorized a transfer of $2,070,000 from the fund balance in the Capital Improvement Plan fund to the Providence Middle School renovation project.

The school division believes that the reduction in the number of phases, the standardization of items such as ceilings, the availability of electronic drawings and the use of phase completion dates and only one substantial completion date probably allowed bidders to submit lower quotes.

Click here for Providence Middle renovation documents and video of the board’s Aug. 8 action: www.boarddocs.com/vsba/chesterfield/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ACFRNM6EC256.