BW Lodge contractor candidates to be interviewed Feb. 19

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
BW Lodge contractor candidates to be interviewed Feb. 19

Renovations coming

BW Lodge gymnasium’s renovations may be on tap for this summer. Before that can occur, Beaverhead County High School’s board must select a new general contractor, and bids must be received for the work. Casey S. Elliott photo

The Beaverhead County High School board will interview two general contractors for BW Lodge renovation work at a special meeting next week.

The board put out a request for qualifications/request for proposal for contractors to do the work, after difficulties completing other portions of the district’s building project. The board will interview Swank Enterprises of Kalispell and Diamond Construction of Helena at a special Feb. 19 board meeting. Both contractors have the design drawings and detailed list of work to be done; they took part in a walkthrough of BW Lodge and the proposed renovations last week.

The school board terminated its contract with general contractor ESI of Idaho, though they will be required to complete the leftover portions of the project on the main school building and the Vo-Ag building.

A voter-approved $9.85 million bond project authorized safety and security updates to the main high school building, the creation of a new Vo-Ag building, and renovations to the BW Lodge gymnasium. The school board previously bid the BW Lodge work, but the bids were higher than the board felt it had money left to spend. It decided to delay rebidding to get a handle on leftover problems with the other two buildings, and with a hope that a better bid timeframe would reduce the cost.

There are window leaks, flooring and other items still to be addressed at the Vo-Ag building, and that work will likely need to be completed once the weather warms later this year. There is also flooring and tile work to be fixed at the main high school building.

The hope is to select a new general contractor at the Feb. 19 meeting, BCHS Superintendent and Principal Gary Haverfield told the school board Monday. The contractor would then need to submit its estimates for the BW Lodge work, potentially by mid-March. Haverfield said the goal is to begin work on BW Lodge this year.

The board also plans to discuss the unresolved flooring and bathroom tile problems in the main building. The district argues the installation is flawed, while the contractor insists the issues are aesthetic.

Dan McGee of Building Mind and Body LLC, the district’s owner’s rep, estimated the BW Lodge project will cost $2.8 million; the estimated cost for the main building and Vo-Ag building work is $7.17 million.

Also on tap for BW Lodge is a temporary roof fix this week. All of the district’s roofs were damaged in an August hailstorm, and the district’s insurer decided those roofs need replacing. BW Lodge’s roof is especially bad, and leaks are starting to damage the inside of the building.

“There are hundreds of holes the size of your thumb,” Assistant Principal John English told the board Monday. “You can see where the clouds went across the roof – there’s a line of holes.”

All three roofs will likely be replaced in the summer, Haverfield said.