Wood BOE OKs second PHS bid package

PARKERSBURG – Members of the Wood County Board of Education unanimously approved awarding the second phase of the Parkersburg High School Stadium Field renovation bid package Tuesday night.

Ryan Taylor, president of Pickering Associates, recommended Grae-Con Construction for the second phase of the bid package. The company was the lowest of three bidders for the second phase, with a bid of $637,540, Taylor said. Grae-Con previously did renovation work on the county’s three high schools.

“We should feel very comfortable with their choice,” board member John Marlow said.

Sidley Construction submitted a bid $775,000. United Construction submitted a bid of $662,000.

Taylor said the demolition of the project remains on schedule. He noted it could fall behind schedule due to poor weather or other factors

The school system has spent approximately $854,000 on the project with one bid package remaining, Taylor said.

The renovations of the home-side bleachers is expected to cost about $3 million. Wood County Board of Education approved $700,000 to assist with renovations. The PHS Stadium Committee has $100,000 on hand and plans to secure a $400,000 loan. The rest of the money will be generated through fundraising efforts.

The stadium was shut down last fall following an engineering report that stated the bleachers were unsafe. The report was based on a visual inspection of the 90-year-old complex, which found numerous areas where concrete was cracking and pulling away from the structure. Officials hope to have renovations completed by the fall – for the start of football and soccer season.

Last month board members unanimously approved the the first bid package contract to Mondo Building and Excavation for $216,900. Mondo’s bid was almost $75,000 lower than the next lowest bid.

In addition to Mondo, officials also received demolition bids from Carl Walker Construction ($477,700); Grae-Con Construction ($344,965); Independence Excavating ($279,184) and United Construction ($344,000).