Deumite Construction of Baton Rouge beat out four other firms Monday with the winning bid to rebuild flooded Tanglewood Elementary School in Central in time for Christmas.
“It’s absolutely doable. I have no doubt it’s doable,” Carl Fenn, Deumite’s vice president, told the Central Community School Board. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work.”
Deumite's bid totals more than $3.1 million. Its base bid came in $174,000 less than the the next lowest bid submitted by Percy J. Matherne Contractor, also based in Baton Rouge.
Bids were opened at 2 p.m. Monday and the School Board approved Deumite’s bid by 6:30 p.m. Monday marked exactly a month since flooding shut down Central and other communities in the Baton Rouge area. Tanglewood was the only one of Central’s five schools that flooded. Its more than 700 students, all first and second graders, relocated on Sept. 6 to gyms and a multipurpose room and other unused space at the joint campus of Central Intermediate and Central Middle schools.
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GraceHebert President Jerry Hebert said he hopes to have a signed contract with Deumite by Tuesday and to start work as soon as possible. The contract calls for the work to be complete in 101 days, which will allow the school to be ready for students in January, when the second semester of the 2016-17 school year begins. The contract covers no rain days since it’s all largely interior work.
“These guys are going to have to man this project and do it efficiently,” Hebert said. “A lot will have be done to get this done in 101 days.”
GraceHebert, a Baton Rouge architectural firm, was tasked with redesigning Tanglewood soon after flooding subsided.
“We did the best we could do under a short timetable,” said Jerry Hebert. “Don’t beat me up. There will be some change orders.”
Superintendent Michael Faulk said he plans to bundle as many change orders as he can and have the board consider them when it meets next on Sept. 26.
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The elementary school, located at 9352 Rustling Oaks Ave., will get an extensive makeover and new floor plan. Jerry Hebert said the changes will be noticeable in the library, which is being modernized into more of a media center, and at the front lobby, which will feature buzz-in glass doors and a security desk, which have become more common in schools since the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in December 2012.
The only things that won’t be replaced are some ceilings as well as wiring and other electronics located in the ceilings, Hebert said.
The base bid on the project covers not only repairs but also improvements and the cost of bringing the old school up to modern building codes. Those improvements and code changes total $761,000. FEMA will reimburse as much as 90 percent of the rebuilding costs at Tanglewood, but not the improvements.
Board member Willard Easley said the school district would have to pay about $1 million in repairs and improvements that FEMA won't cover.