The unanimously voted Tuesday to award Bacon/Agostini Construction the bid award to serve as general contractor for the Claiborne Pell Elementary School project.
The school committee received three bids for the project.
With Bacon/Agostini's bid of $24,050,700, the plan will be able to maintain its contingency fund of $1.2 million as well as furniture fixture funds.
“I think this is great,” Superintendent John Ambrogi said. “After all these years we’re getting it across the finish line.”
Owner’s representative Jim Farrar, of , said it was “very exciting” to see the past months’ hard work pay off.
“All of [the bids] were within striking distance of where we wanted,” Farrar said. “This one is right where we wanted and a little bit better than what we were expecting.”
Farrar said the project is still on track for a March ground-breaking and for a September 2013 opening. Until then, the work will be setting up the contract with Bacon/Agostini.
“It doesn’t get any better than where we are today,” he said.
The committee also voted to remove the bridge for redesign with HMFH in favor of interior stairs.
Ambrogi said with stairs would net “mid-90,000 savings.”
School committee member Sandra J. Flowers raised a concern that the original intent for the bridge was for emergency egress, especially for handicapped students.
“We want to make sure the students can get out safely,” Flowers said.
Ambrogi said the redesign including another set of interior design met state fire codes.