Bus garage contract awarded

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette The Copper Country ISD plans to have a new garage for their buses before the end of the year.

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Board approved one of nine bids for their new bus garage at its meeting Tuesday.

The bid from DP Construction of Chassell is for $248,820.

“It was much lower than we had anticipated,” Superintendent George Stockero said. “They (engineers) were talking it could have cost us up to $800,000.”

Stockero said that he believed the competition of nine bidders helped drive down the cost.

The buses have been without a garage since last year, when the building they were kept in was transformed into the Career and Technical Education Center (CTE).

The first estimate offered by engineers for building a new garage worked out to $85 per square foot, according to Stockero. He said that he and the board felt that the estimate was too high.

They then sought bids for just a shell with a gravel floor, and separate estimates for adding an insulated quarter of the building to clean buses, cementing that quarter, cementing the rest of the building, doing electrical work inside the building, and running water and electric to the building.

“The plan was, depending on the bids, to just do a shell and add on the other stuff in years to come,” Stockero said.

The bid from DP Construction includes all of the additions and works out to $41 per square foot.

“Even the engineers said they were very surprised at what the per-square-footage cost came in,” Stockero said.

The bus garage is slated to be ready by the time school resumes in August, after summer break. The board anticipates construction beginning as soon as the weather allows.

The contract also provides the opportunity for CTE students in the construction trades program to work with DP Construction on the building, which Stockero said is an added benefit.