The Mehlville Board of Education unanimously approved an offer for HVAC work at Point, Beasley, and Oakville elementary schools on December 16.
The board approved a bid of $ 843,262 from Sheet Metal Contractors Inc. for the HVAC projects. The offering includes a base bid of $ 722,000 for work at all three schools and an alternate bid of $ 4,950 for diffusers at Beasley, as well as contingency fees and fees.
The district received a total of five bids, with Sheet Metal Contractors being the lowest qualified bidder. The district has worked with the company many times in the past, including at Mosaic Elementary School, said facility director Mike Gegg.
The scope of work includes new roofs, new variable air volumes or VAV systems, new controls, new cabling and completely new systems. The project is paid for from the district’s capital fund or from funds from primary and secondary school emergency aid or ESSER III, if available. ESSER funds come from the federal government and can be used to help minimize the impact of COVID-19, including performing any necessary equipment upgrades, including updated HVAC systems.
The state legislature must pass and the governor must sign a supplementary budget before the end of March to release the $ 2 billion in ESSER funding to Missouri school districts.
Director Jean Pretto asked if there were concerns that the price of the work could go up due to rising delivery costs, but Gegg said the equipment would be ordered once the contracts are in place.
“It is possible, but they didn’t say anything about price increases,” Gegg said.