$7.92 million approved for Roundhouse renovations

It was a monumental day for Marshalltown High School Monday as construction bids were approved for the Roundhouse renovation.

The school board approved a bid of $7.92 million from general contractor Dean Snyder Construction of Ankeny. Work is expected to begin on this phase in November with completion by Dec. 1, 2014.

The four other bids that came in from contractors were all over $8 million. The awarded bid came in slightly under the architect’s estimate of $8.2 million.

“We were real pleased with the way the bids came in,” said Sherm Welker, school board president.

Architectural fees and other costs push the total project cost to nearly $10 million.

The work will include an overhaul of the gym with updates all around including new locker rooms. It will also include the addition of new wings on the outer edge of the facility with a weight room, Hall of Pride, a new entrance and other features. Major interior work in the Roundhouse will be done next summer.

Dean Snyder Construction has previously worked with several school districts in Iowa, but has yet to do a project for Marshalltown schools. Rick Simpson, director of buildings and grounds with the school district, said reference calls made to other districts about the work of the company “showed exceptional quality.”

In order to help pay for the project and one other project in the district, the board approved Monday to borrow $10 million as part of a bond sale. It will be paid for by future sales tax revenue.

“There won’t be any increase in property taxes regarding this bond issue,” Welker said.

Another Roundhouse project (phase two) estimated at $3.85 million will be paid for by donations. This work is expected in the future and includes an auxiliary gym and wrestling room. Fundraising continues for this second phase.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at Franklin Elementary School.