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All Four Hampton Street Project Bids Awarded

Main construction bidders tie, Mineola School District awards VRD

The Mineola School District Board of Education awarded all four construction bids on the Hampton Street School project at its workshop meeting on Dec. 1.

Three of the four were open on Nov. 16. The district had previously rejected one of the general contracting bids. The contracting bid opened on Nov. 29.

Board president Christine Napolitano presented a walk-on resolution at last week’s meeting, awarding the main construction bid to VRD Contracting totaling at $1.375 million. Nagler stated that the second time around, more exciting bids surfaced for the fourth and final piece.

“As we suspected, we had a lot more numbers closer in scope and the previous low bidder was no longer the low bidder,” Nagler said.

The superintendent revealed that the district had a tie, which is something unheard of according to Nagler, for the total construction bid of $1.375 million. Nagler said district architects from H2M and Facilities Director Dan Romano met with the tied bidders and they came away with their recommendation of VRD as the choice of lowest responsible bidder for approval.

“If you recall, we did not include furniture in this project,” Nagler said. “We calculated and transferred in our budget $2.129650 [million] to be exact and we are about $120,000 under that budget so we will be able to buy furniture for the library. Overall, we are pleased with the results and we had a very competitive bid and we got some very good prices and we’re ready to start this work ASAP to get it ready for September.”

Legal counsel representatives stated that in a tie situation, the school district is authorized to pick either bidder. The project could take about eight months to be completed now that all bids have been accepted.

The district awarded the plumbing contract to Conelly & Sons totaling $74,100. The board awarded the electric contract to LEB Electric, totaling $275,000. The HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) contract was awarded to JNS Heating at $277, 000.

According to an email obtained by the Mineola American, the other tied bid came from Web Construction. The E. 2nd Street business previously built the Hampton Street Stadium press box for the school district.

Web Construction representative Joe Taveira told the Mineola American, he wasn’t sure why his company did not get picked, but that district architects said that VRD “made a better presentation.”

“I’m not sure why they didn’t choose Web,” he said. “But from what the architects told me, the other contractor made a better presentation. I wasn’t told or asked to make a presentation. I met with Dan Romano and Veronica Burns from H2M and that was it. I found out on Nov. 30.”

Nagler responded to the email, addressing Taveira’s concerns and issues with not being selected, stating the district relies on the opinion of its architectural firm.

“After [Web] and VRD interviewed with our architectural firm and Director of Facilities, [WEB] was not chosen as the preferred contractor,” Nagler wrote. “H2M would give the best reasons why [WEB] was not selected. The school district relies on experts (H2M) to advise us on the best company to complete the job under budget and on time.  Based on that recommendation the job was awarded to VRD.”

The 5,500 sq. ft. addition would be on the north side of the building, running along the sidewalk toward Colonial Avenue. The existing sidewalk would be made into a corridor that overlooks a new courtyard, which would provide an educational space with curriculum-based plantings.

The design would also incorporate energy efficient light fixtures. The book stacks would be 42 inches in height, enabling the children to reach the books but also allow the librarian at the circulation desk to oversee the entire space.

The project’s construction cost could not exceed $2.1 million.