Riverside-Brookfield High School will spend a little more than $3 million this summer to renovate its main gym and replace major portions of the school’s roof.
Last week, the school board voted 6 to 0 to accept bids of $2,562,863 in hard costs for the work. When the fees for the architects and the construction manager are included the total projected price tag increases to $3,125,017.
District 208 Superintendent Kevin Skinkis told the school board last week that the bid package includes contingencies and includes worst-case scenarios. Skinkis said he hopes the final cost of this summer’s work will end up being closer to $3 million.
The district is using the same architectural firm, DLA, and the same construction management firm, Nicholas & Associates, that it used for last summer’s construction of the new football stadium.
The main gym will get a new floor and new bleachers. The bleachers must be replaced because they do not conform to state standards that now require handrails and stairways, which the current bleachers lack.
The gym’s capacity will not change. There’s now seating for approximately 1,600 people in the bleachers. Gaps that exist now between rows of bleachers will be narrowed and will provide space for stairways and handrails.
The floor in the gym is the original floor from when the gym was built in the 1960s and is due to be replaced. The new gym floor will cost $252,575 and general trade work was bid out at $933,083.
Replacing 53,000 square feet of the school’s roof is will cost $1,410,000. The construction manager’s fee will be $319,297 and the architect’s fee will be $242,856, which is 9 percent of the hard costs.
Aurora-based Olsson Roofing Company will again do the roof work, continuing the work performed last summer. Elmhurst based E&K of Chicago won the general trades contract and Lindenhurst-based Kiefer Specialty Flooring won the bid to replace the gym floor.
The roof work and the new bleachers in the gym will be paid for with money the district raised by selling life-safety bonds. Nearly $1.3 million for this summer’s work will come from the district’s working cash fund, which contains what is left of the $8.9 state construction grant the district belatedly received in 2014.
This summer’s work will nearly exhaust the grant, leaving only a little more than $100,000 left to help pay for remaining life-safety work in the next couple of years, such as new bleachers in the pool area and more roof work. Much of the grant was used to pay for the construction of the new football stadium.
Life-safety work, such as the new bleachers in the gym, is mandated by the state. The roofing work is needed because the roof leaks in some spots. The roof of the school is being replaced in stages. About 16,000 square feet of the roof was replaced last summer and a further 80,540 square feet of the roof will be replaced in 2017 or 2018.
The roofing work should be completed by mid-August when the first semester of the 2016-17 school year begins, but the new gym floor and new bleachers likely will not be finished until the end of September.
The girls volleyball team will probably have to practice and play games in the east gym for the first part of their season.
Summer basketball tournaments hosted by RBHS will be played in the fieldhouse and the east gym.
The district is looking for donations to pay for a new scoreboard and to upgrade the sound system in the gym. Selling naming rights is one option, along with selling 12-by-12-inch sections of the current gym floor when it is ripped out.
“We’re trying to see if we can get some donations and sell some advertising in regards to the sound system and the new scoreboards for inside the gymnasium, but we’re also not opposed to meeting with groups in regards to if it’s there’s any other opportunities available as possible naming rights for something similar to what we did with the stadium,” Skinkis said.