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Edmond School Board awards campus bid

Heartland Middle School will cost about $21 million to build and open by the fall of 2016.
By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Published: April 18, 2014

— Members of the school board have given the green light for construction of the district’s sixth middle school, Heartland.

Bret Towne, assistant superintendent for general administration, said Wynn Construction of Oklahoma City was awarded the $21.2 million bid Thursday in a special board meeting.

Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information, said the board approved the bid unanimously. Towne predicted construction will start within 30 days and the school should open by August 2016.

Officials had wanted to have the campus open by the fall of 2015, but delays on the construction of Heritage Elementary caused administrators to push back the opening dates for both schools by a year.

“We lost 122 days of construction to bad weather,” Towne said of the Heritage project.

Heartland will likely have an enrollment of 700 to 800 students.

Funding comes from voter approval in 2012 of an $80 million bond issue. There were seven bids submitted for the work and Wynn Construction had the lowest one. Towne said the special meeting was to allow more time for potential builders to do research.

Board members also accepted bids for roof work in the district. Crawford Roofing of Chickasha was awarded a $326,809 bid for Northern Hills Elementary School and $93,716 for Chisholm Elementary School.

Alva Roofing of Edmond was awarded the bid of $236,588 for roof work to the Central Middle School annex.

Towne said all the bids were the lowest of five submitted and that each roof would be made of materials more hail resistant than used in the past.