Apr 25, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterThe Central Wyoming College food court is getting an upgrade this spring, with the work to be done by Mid-Valley General Contractors of Riverton.
On April 17, the CWC Board of Trustees approved Mid-Valley's bid for the project, which will include a remodel of the food court as they purchase and install new equipment. Ron Granger, CWC's vice president for administrative services, said the area's dish room will be moved, the serving area will be expanded and more seating will be added. The walk-in freezer and refrigerator will be upgraded, and the salad bar will be moved and modified.
The bid approved April 17 estimated the project would cost more than $550,000, but Granger said he anticipates saving at least $30,000 in equipment costs.
"There were things they put in that we don't see we need, or there were things we have that are being provided by a vendor," Granger said, adding that any equipment that is moved but not upgraded can be paid for using auxiliary and local funds.
He said CWC will use major maintenance money from the state for the rest of the project.
"(That's) money we already have in our pocket," Granger said, noting that the state already has approved the food court remodel.
CWC president Jo Anne McFarland reminded board members that continued state major maintenance funding is "under scrutiny" by the Wyoming Legislature and will be a topic of the June 27 Joint Appropriations Committee meeting in Riverton.
Other bids for the food court project came from FCI Constructors for $588,000, McCauley Constructors for $563,000 and Sletten Construction for $568,000.
The same fourcontractors also submitted bids for the upcoming remodel of CWC's classroom wing and professional-technical building on the Riverton campus. Granger said McCauley Constructors had the best offer, with a base bid of about $2.5 million that increased to $3.1 million after details, or "alternates," of the project were solidified.
The total bid is almost $310,000 lower than CWC's last estimate for the project, he said.
"It came in under enough that we can offer almost every alternate we had," Granger said. "That helps us."
He said the state plans to accept all of the alternate bids, except for one that was going to cost two times more than anticipated.
"This will leave us $463,854 for reserve, signage and upgrading the parking lot at Pro Tech," Granger said.
Work on the buildings should begin by May 15, but Granger said he will have a preconstruction meeting with McCauley representatives this week.
"They'll start as soon as they can when school's out," Granger said.
The project should be completed by the time classes begin again next fall, he continued.
"The only thing that won't be completed when we start school is additions for welding and auto," Granger said. "But that doesn't affect our classes whatsoever."
Other bids for the classroom wing and Pro Tech remodels came from FCI Constructors for $3.4 million, Sletten Construction for $3.25 million and Mid-Valley General Contractors for $3.54 million.
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