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ATEC GMP $417,000 lower than referenda estimate
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On Thursday, HG Reynolds Construction Co. of Aiken set a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of just under $30.302 million to construct the new Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) on the joint Central Carolina Technical College/Kershaw County Economic Development campus off U.S. 521 at I-20 Exit 98.

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will examine, and possibly approve, Reynolds’ GMP during its meeting tonight.

The $30.302 million GMP is $417,000 lower than the amount budgeted in the Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) 2016 bond/construction referendum. According to a memorandum attached to tonight’s proposed agenda, not all of the project’s costs will be funded through the referendum funds. Approximately $25.964 million will come from bond referendum funds, with another $4.338 coming from county and state funds.

According to the memorandum, the GMP covers constructing the new ATEC and furnishing the facility. The district’s construction budget includes a multipurpose room, awnings, bus loops, drives for shops, a child care program playground, sidewalks, lift station and site utilities.

“Infrastructure funds for all other paving, curb and gutter, fill, site lighting, drainage, (other) sidewalks, landscaping, turn lanes, construction of the connector road and signalization of the intersection of Black River Road and (U.S.) 521 will be funded through other sources,” Eddie Rodelsperger, of Pike-McFarland-Hall Consultants, wrote in the memo to KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith. “Because the facility and infrastructure must be constructed during the established 18-month period, all components were designed simultaneously and will be bid as one package.”

Rodelsperger’s memo also covered GMPs for other, ongoing projects:

• Lugoff-Elgin High School Phase II Building and Athletic Improvements -- $8 million GMP from Thompson and Turner Construction Co. of Sumter. The project includes a new drop-off loop and associated off-site road improvements, additional parking, paved fire lane, resurfacing existing parking lots, additional sidewalks and canopies, metal roof repairs, cafeteria and lobby expansions, courtyard improvements, restroom upgrades, painting, new auditorium seating, interior lighting upgrades, new floor coverings, drainage improvements and stadium safety upgrades.

• North Central High School Stadium Improvements -- $865,033 GMP from Hood Construction Co. of Columbia. Improvements will include new lighting, field grading, field drainage, handicap access and seating for visitor’s side, and handicap access and seating for home side. $420,000 will come from referendum funds; $445,033 from bond sale proceeds.

• Zemp Stadium Improvements -- $2.035 million, also from Hood Construction. Improvements include demolition of existing visitor side bleachers and installation of new bleachers and associated site work; press box; new lighting system; new restrooms; and fencing and electrical upgrades. $1.15 million from referendum funds; $884,859 for bond sale proceeds.

In other business tonight, the board will:

• receive a preliminary report on the district’s 2016-17 audit;

• consider adoption of a number of proposed new and/or revised policies;

• receive a report on the “Read to Succeed” Act;

• receive and discuss a report on end-of-course test results;

• consider a facility use request from organizers of the Elgin Catfish Stomp to use Blaney Elementary School’s cafeteria/multipurpose room for the Catfish Stomp Pageant on Nov. 18;

• receive an update on growth/SRO ad hoc committee activity;

• learn about and discuss the S.C. School Board Association’s 2017 legislative preview; and

• enter a closed-door session to discuss undisclosed employment matters and a legal matter concerning possible litigation.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the board room at the KCSD offices, 2029 West DeKalb St. in Camden, and is open to the public.