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Contractor Awarded ‘Repackaged’ Broad Run Renovation Project

© Leesburg Today - 05/27/2015

After the first round of bids for the renovation of Broad Run High School came in way over budget, school leaders Tuesday awarded what they called ""a repackaged"" version of the project to Henley Construction Co. for $18.9 million.

The extensive renovation of the 46-year-old building was initially put out for bids in February with a budgeted cost of $26.47 million. Just two firms bid on the job, and both said they couldn't do the full scope of the work for close to that amount.

Parents said they were told by school leaders during a community meeting on the project three weeks ago that the bids came in about $13 million over budget.

School administrators re-bid a trimmed-down version of the project earlier this month. Henley Construction, a Gaithersburg, MD-based contractor, returned with the lowest responsible bid of three firms.

School Board member Kevin Kuesters (Broad Run), chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committee, said now the school system would work with Henley Construction to add some of the aspects of the project back in through change orders, which should be less expensive in the end.

Speaking at Tuesday's School Board meeting, Kuesters said it was too early to know whether the project will still be completed in full and on time.

""There will be requirements as far as timing and the financing, but those details have not been worked out yet,"" he said, and acknowledged that many in the Broad Run community are eager to know the project's status. ""We don't have specific details that we can put out to the public yet because we're still working with the contractors.""

The current timeline has construction slated to begin this summer and wrap up in August 2016.

The project, as described in the School Board's adopted Capital Improvement Program, includes: the addition of 10 classrooms, a health room, two resource spaces and an orchestra room; an expansion of the cafeteria; updates to the auditorium and the athletic ticket booth; new or renovated press boxes for the softball, baseball, and stadium fields; new restroom facilities; a team building; stadium synthetic turf and track replacement; a new shot put area; a new senior parking lot and an extended bus loop. Plus, the onsite fuel facility for school system- and county-owned vehicles will be removed.

Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Kevin Lewis, said he's optimistic that the full project will be completed as planned.

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