School Construction Ready For Next Steps


Charles Collier

The Denmark News

DENMARK — With foundational work for upcoming athletic and educational facilities east of Denmark High School now complete, the bulk of construction lies ahead. Those projects—including gymnasium flooring, masonry, acoustics and seating for the auditorium, electrical work, heating and air conditioning work, fire suppression infrastructure, and others—were put out to bid prior to the holiday break in late December.

Bids for the projects were opened on Jan. 5, and while about $1.3 million of work has yet to be awarded, about $9.4 million has been guaranteed to various firms and construction, beginning with erecting new walls, is scheduled to start again on Feb. 12.

District Administrator Tony Klaubauf said that the project is on track for its late summer completion date, but that waiting for all the major pieces to come together reasoned the recent lack of action.

“We could put the walls up now, but the longer they’re up without steel bracing the more exposure they have to wind and stuff like that,” Klaubauf said, “the less time the walls are up without bracing the more confident everyone is that there won’t be problems down the road.”

For basic exterior needs, the following have been awarded a combined $3,312,482.

Northern Concrete (Denmark)
Concrete Slabs $415,000

Keller (Kaukauna)
Steel Material and Erecting $740,212

Crafts Inc. (Manitowoc)
Roofing $467,000

IEI General Contractors (De Pere)
Demolition $206,700
General Trades $282,570
Masonry $1,201,000

A list of nearly 40 other components constitute the remainder of the wide-ranging project, most dealing with interior infrastructure and aesthetics. What follows is an incomplete list highlighting the larger facets of $5.3 million in interior projects.

Eland Electric (Green Bay)
Electrical $1,800,000

Johnson and Jonet Mechanical (Bellevue)
HVAC $1,900,000

HJ Martin and Son (Green Bay)
Chips and Board $530,000

Omni Glass and Paint (Oshkosh)
Interior Painting $450,000

Contracts for more minor details—like metal lockers, auditorium seats and acoustical ceiling, gym bleachers, tiling, and others—have yet to be finalized, though Klaubauf said 90% of the needed work is contracted for and that by next month the picture of who will be doing what should be complete. As things stand, there is about $300,000 of “wiggle room.”

“We’re confident we can do it for the $14.9 million,” Klaubauf said, referencing last spring’s approved bonding referendum. “Everything will turn out as we promised. Of course, you never know until the final paintbrush has been lifted or the final screw turned, so it’s comfortable to have that [$300,000] contingency.”

Optimistically, the additional funds could be taken off the total bill of the project and slightly lessen the impact to taxpayers, but it was an option that Klaubauf was reluctant to speculate on with a majority of construction laying ahead.

“That contingency could probably be used when we start ripping things up [for the renovated auditorium]…you don’t really know what you’re going to find behind the walls when you do remodeling, so some things might come up,” Klaubauf said.