A large contribution from the PTO and a local builder doing part of a job for cost will result in a new wood floor for the gym at Clarendon Hills Middle School.
The Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Board approved contracts May 27 for a general trade contractor and a flooring contractor to install the new floor at CHMS for a total cost of $126,495. Work is to begin June 9 and be finished during the first week of August, said Gary Frisch, assistant superintendent of business and operations.
The PTO has contributed $115,876, and the Clarendon Hills Park District, which uses the CHMS gym for activities, has agreed to add $10,000 to the cause. That total of $125,876 could grow, as the PTO has continued fundraising, Frisch said.
The key in the bid process was a low bid of $32,095 from general trade contractor by Dave Knecht of Dave Knecht Homes, LLC, in Hinsdale. The next lowest of the three received bids was $101,000.
Knecht said he just wanted to help out with what he believed is a positive project for the community.
“I bid for the exact cost, with no management fee or any profit, and my subcontractors came through, too,” Knecht said. “This is something they need there. Some other people have put a lot of work into making this happen, and I just wanted to help.”
Frisch said without Knecht’s assistance, the project would have required additional fundraising or would not have happened at all.
District 181 also received three bids from flooring contractors and accepted the low bid of $94,400 from Top Performance Corp. in Glenview. The second lowest bid was $160,095, which prompted board member Gary Clarin to question the discrepancy.
“I understand with the general trade bid that we have someone who wants to do the district a favor, but that’s a big difference with the flooring, too,” Clarin said.
Dave Patton, the architect for the project, said Top Performance kept its bid low because it really wants the work. The architect’s fee of about $12,500 is the only bill related to the gym floor project that will be paid by District 181, Frisch said.
Initially, District 181 sought one bid for the entire CHMS project, which resulted in a low bid of $169,723. That prompted the job to be split into bids being sought from two separate contractors for different portions of the workTags: Clarendon Hills Middle School