Sunday, May 19, 2024

Construction of new Brewster Middle School to begin soon

They have a lot of digging ahead of them


BREWSTER – Construction is due to begin soon on the new Brewster Middle School on ground just south of the existing elementary school. That work will lead off the first phase of a multi-building project that will include new track facilities, a remodeled elementary school and finally, a remodeled high school.
Brewster School Superintendent Eric Driessen reported that construction bids were due last week, and selection of the successful contractor expected next week.
“Contracts should be signed this month,” said Driessen, “and work will begin soon after.”
In addition to the new building and major remodel targets, a number of other smaller projects will be part of the larger scope of work, Driessen said.
“The district is asking the general contractor to make sure and give local businesses the opportunity to be a part of the upcoming projects whenever possible,” Driessen said.
Following voter approval of the bond measure, the project was originally scheduled to go out for bid by mid-July last year. However, the failure of the state Legislature to approve the 2017-19 supplemental capital budget did not allow release of the requisite funds to begin construction.
Last month, legislators passed the final version that included $198 million for K-12 school construction.
Driessen noted that the funding delay allowed contractors to complete their current jobs and be prepared to bid on new projects.
“This has the potential to create stronger competition during the bid process, producing lower bids,” Driessen wrote on the district website.

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