Published 7:00 am, Friday, April 21, 2017
PIGEON — A couple of construction projects are ready to get underway at the Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker School District.
And, after discussion during this week’s board meeting, a possibility of expanding into more student-orientated projects could be in the future.
The two ongoing projects Superintendent Brian Keim highlighted to his board are the elementary school roof replacement and the new FFA barn.
Previously, the district hired Hendrick & Sons Construction to provide oversight for the replacement. After reviewing bids from two companies, the district selected Superior Contracting, a Michigan-based residential and commercial construction company, to tackle the job.
“They were not the lowest bidder, but they were close and they were the company we believed would give the district the best value on this particular project,” Keim said.
“We’ve heard good reviews on Superior’s work,” he added.
The roof, which will consist of Laker-green steel, is expected to cost $428,000, but Keim told the Tribune the district anticipates additional expenses, such as sheathing replacement, snow guards and extra insulation. That would bring the final cost to around $550,000.
“If all goes as planned, we should be able to cover all expenses with the remaining dollars in our sinking fund,” Keim stated in an email. “Our sinking fund has helped the district tremendously over the past few years.”
Board members unanimously approved hiring Superior Contracting and work is expected to get underway when classes end.
The FFA barn is a much-anticipated project.
For months, members of the Laker FFA Alumni group have prepared to break ground on the 60-foot by 120-foot facility. The barn was completely designed and developed by the group and will be the largest of its kind in the Thumb.
The barn was bid out last month, Keim said.
“I advised bidders who called in that this was an inside job,” Keim said. “We had to go through certain formalities to meet state requirements for a school project, but we had an FFA group that had people ready to go.”
The alumni group has donated equipment, money, materials and their labor to help get the project started. The barn will give current FFA students — and those who are interested in FFA — many hands-on opportunities to experience live science, raise livestock and learn to show animals competitively.
Krzeszewski & Sons Masonry LLC, a Pigeon-based construction company, was the lone bidder on the project.
“The price we’re getting this barn done for is less than $150,000,” Keim said.
Groundbreaking should start relatively soon as the weather begins to shift.
The final discussion at this week’s meeting was in regard to meeting more student needs in the district. Skilled trades was a big concern looking at the future.
“What is that Lakers can do that will…