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Perham-Dent School District awards high school construction contract

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Following a tour of the nearly completed Heart of the Lakes Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon, the Perham-Dent School board awarded the new high school building project to Olaf Anderson Construction on a recommendation by ICS Consulting.

The Fargo company’s base bid, at $28,590,000, came in about $1 million lower than the next lowest bid.

With another $767,450 in alternate options, the total contract amount was for $29,357,450 million.

A number of alternate options were bid separately from the primary project and the board selected several to add into the total amount awarded. These options included a work studio ($637,000), heated concrete sidewalks ($29,350), copper thru-wall flashing ($4,000) and exterior wall insulation ($97,100).

Seven companies submitted bids for phase two of a $45 million school construction project, approved by voters in November 2015. Phase one, the addition of fourth-grade classrooms and a preschool wing onto HOTL Elementary School, will finish up in about eight days, according to school superintendent Mitch Anderson.

Elementary school principal Jen Hendrickson led board members on a tour of the new additions, including the gymnasium.

A move into the new space is planned the weekend of Feb. 24, she said, and despite the work involved, “everyone is really excited about it.”

Parent and student tours are planned prior to the move, she added.