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SWCC board approves framing, elevator bids

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 1:20 p.m. CDT

Southwestern Community College Board of Directors approved bids for framing and elevators for the new dormitory building during a special meeting Tuesday. All board members were present except Zach Gunsolley of Diagonal.

Lansink Construction of Johnston was unanimously approved to do construction for precast hollow-core plank, masonry, miscellanous metals, wood framing, joists, trusses, sheathing, building wrap and windows. The company bid was $587,000.

“It’s really just a rough framing project that’s enclosed,” said Ken Rech, SWCC board president. “So it’s just really a dried-end project, but there’s no innards in it.”

Edge Commercial of Grimes bid $742,000, and Jensen Builders of Des Moines bid $640,000. The estimated cost was $600,214.

“All three of those companies were very highly recommended, do a lot of work in the greater Des Moines area,” said Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development. “We were happy with those bids, and actually the low bid is coming in below the expectations of the management company.”

O’Keefe Elevator of Omaha, Neb., was unanimously approved to do elevator work on the new dorm. The company’s bid was $69,500. O’Keefe’s competition, Schumacher Elevator of Denver, bid $75,668.

“It’s good news, both bids were actually below the estimate (of $99,861),” said Lesan. “Once again, a good number for us, and getting a little bit back from that dirt work bid that was a little higher than we expected.”

The building will be built on campus west of the current residence halls and is expected to be finished September 2014.

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