On March 8, 2019, USD 475 hosted a vendor fair at Junction City Middle School. The event was for contractors and suppliers interested in the bidding processes for construction of the new Junction City High School.
“We had about 20 to 25 in attendance with a diverse representation of trades ranging from mechanical, general construction, classroom technology and pest management,” commented David Wild, USD 475 Chief Operations Officer.
Wild opened the meeting with introductions and stated intent of the fair was to provide awareness of upcoming processes and an opportunity for smaller firms to network with Hutton and other key contractors as well as meet representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
Mrs. Teri Taylor, Business Opportunity Specialist with the SBA spoke to attendees about how the SBA can assist in ensuring adequate bonding capacity for small firms interested in working the project.
“The turnout was light, but those who came are likely to be players in the project,” added Taylor at the end of the question and answer session.
Hutton Construction Project Manager, Brandon Brundgardt, provided attendees with an overview of the project including projected timelines for both bidding and construction. Those attending the fair signed up to receive electronic notification of available Request For Proposal documents from the Hutton Plans room.
Speaker Kristi Dunn, PTAC Subcenter Director out of Topeka, offered assistance to those wanting help obtaining and performing contract work with USD 475 or any other federal, state and local efforts.
Earthwork on the new high school site is scheduled to commence sometime the week of March 11th (pending conditions) with the strip of topsoil and detention ponds. Work on grading for building pads is planned to start in late April while utilities are also being worked. A Guaranteed Maximum Price for the high school building and athletic facilities is planned for board of education review and approval during its July 1st meeting. Work on the building itself will then commence about 60 days later. Construction should wrap up in the Spring of 2021. Installation of equipment, furniture and the commissioning of the building will be necessary prior to opening the new facility in August 2021.