Bid for MBMS field comes in under budget

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By Mary Alford
N-H Staff Reporter
By the beginning of fall 2014, students at Maurice Bowling Middle School should be enjoying their newly constructed athletic field.
Members of the Owen County Board of Education approved to award a contract for construction on MBMS’s athletic field project to Century Construction of Erlanger.
On July 24, members of the board received three bids for the athletic field project.
Board member Brett McDonald said he was pleased with the offers.
“I think for the first time in a long time when I saw those bids, I thought, less then I was expecting,” McDonald said.
The Century Construction’s bid for $374,500 was the lowest.
Roland Mueller of Ross Tarrant Architects said, “The projects budget that we had listed for this was $490,000 and we’re well below that.”
The board accepted the bid with a few modifications.
Century’s base bid did come with a four row welded bleacher system, however, a fibro-bleacher system was recommended by Ross Tarrant.
The fibro-bleachers are mechanically put together underneath, adding safety with a guard rail fencing behind it. The mechanical under-structure also springs for a higher seating capacity and is more durable, according to Mueller.
“You can come back six years from now and if a piece breaks, you can unscrew that piece and put a new piece in,” Mueller said.
Ross Tarrant also recommended additional pavement. The investment would eliminate the task of maintaining the gravel.  
Century chose Musco Lighting as the manufacturer of the light poles.
The overall funding the board had for this field project was around $710,000.
According to Mueller, the official start on a project is usually the Monday after the board meeting.
Dan Logan, Owen County School District director of maintenance, hopes to have the field ready for the kids by next fall.
“Hopefully the kids will be on it by next fall,” Logan said.