The Brainerd School Board awarded several companies-both local and statewide-contracts to work on building projects at Forestview Middle School and Harrison Elementary School.

After opening bids in the last couple weeks, the board identified the low bids and chose its contractors during its meeting Monday, April 8.

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Forestview Middle School

Four local contractors won bids for construction at Forestview Middle School, which will see a new secure entrance and a reconfiguration of the parent drop-off/pick-up areas outside at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

With a roughly $1.14 million budget for construction costs at Forestview, bids came much lower at $718,351.04. The school board awarded bids to the following contractors:

• Earthwork/improvements/utilities-Anderson Brothers Construction, $478,451.04.

• General construction-Nor-Son, $159,000.

• Roofing and ventilation-Thelen Heating and Roofing, $24,900.

• Electrical-Holden Electric, $56,000.

Harrison Elementary School

Thirty-five contractors put in bids for Harrison Elementary School, one of the district's most extensive and expensive planned building projects.

First, a new secure entrance off Norwood Street on the north side of the building will welcome students and staff to Harrison. The current Oak Street entrance will be used primarily as an exit.

Other plans for the three-floor building will include a learning commons outside each grade level's pod of classrooms, a new and bigger gymnasium, a media center and a bigger cafeteria, which will occupy the space of the current gym. The stage will stay where it is in the current gym to allow for the cafeteria to be used for plays and other performing arts events.

On the outside, 15th Street on the west side of the school will be designated for parent pick-up/drop-off and special education bus drop-off. The regular bus pick-up/drop-off area will be on Norwood Street near the new entrance. A 40-stall parking lot is set for the corner of Oak and 16th streets, with a new playground to be located to the north of the lot, as the school's addition is designed to take up the current playground's space.

With bids coming in lower than the estimated $12.9 million estimated construction cost, Brandon Kellerman, of ICS Consulting, told school board members all the project's "add alternates"-extra projects should bids be low enough-are a go.

These alternates include upgrading the gym to a full-sized competition space; a fully adhered, stronger roof; new cafeteria windows, cabinets above the first- through fourth-grade lockers; acoustical treatments in the gym and cafeteria; and gym bleachers.

"Basically Harrison's getting everything it wanted," Kellerman said, "so fantastic news there."

The project is slated to be finished before the 2020-21 school year begins.

Of the 13 contractors awarded bids for the project, Kellerman said 45% of them are within 60 miles of Brainerd.

The school board awarded bids amounting to just under $11.9 million to the following contractors:

• Sitework-Anderson Brothers Construction, $1,056,963.79.

• Concrete and masonry-K Johnson Construction of Sauk Rapids, $941,287.

• Precast concrete-Wells Concrete Products Co. of Grand Forks, $307,618.

• General construction-Boser Construction Inc. of Sauk Rapids, $3,644,500.

• Roofing and ventilation-Thelen Heating and Roofing, $1,371,000.

• Aluminum storefront, curtain walls and glazing-Northland Glass and Glazing of Fargo, $273,650.

• Flooring and wall tile-Multiple Concepts Interiors of Waite Park, $486,000.

• Acoustical ceilings-Dow Acoustics of Detroit Lakes, $497,960.

• Food service equipment-Culinex of Fargo, $247,350.

• Fire service-LVC Companies of Minneapolis, $140,303.

• Plumbing and heating-RJ Mechanical of Mora, $1,508,000.

• Testing and balancing-Bal-Tech of Newport, $47,000.

• Electrical-Design Electric of St. Cloud, $1,361,114.

Board member Tom Haglin, whose brother Tim Haglin is president of Thelen Heating and Roofing, abstained from the vote to award Thelen Heating and Roofing the contracts for the two projects.

Nisswa Elementary School

As Kellerman said bids for the Nisswa Elementary School project came in higher than anticipated, the district's project oversight committee is working to revise the plan. He anticipated bids would go before the board for approval at a special school board meeting 11 a.m. Monday, April 15.

Nisswa Elementary will see a full-sized gymnasium, a two-story classroom addition, remodeling on the southern end of the building, enlargement of the cafeteria and remodeling of the kitchen and office area. There will also be extra space for more classrooms to be added on in the future.