By Gary Lloyd
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Board of Education on Thursday approved the bid for the community elementary school to be constructed in the Magnolia Place area.
Birmingham-based Argo Building Company will construct the school for $13,754,935. Argo Building Company President Gary Nevin and Vice President Jim Acton were on hand for Thursday’s meeting.
The bids for the school were opened in January, and Argo Building Company had a low bid of $15,229,235. The number was reduced by making minor adjustments such as fluorescent lights instead of LED lights, and using standard paving instead of heavy duty paving. None of the changes affect students or teachers, school officials said. The school will be built for 500 students.
The expected completion date is July 15, 2016.
The contracts that are part of the bid will now go to the Alabama Building Commission for review. When those plans are returned to Trussville City Schools, a notice to proceed can be given. Excavation could begin as early as next month, according to Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill.
“We’ll be very excited to see this come out of the ground,” Neill said.
The bid for the elementary school in the Cahaba Project is expected to be awarded to Trussville-based Blalock Building Company on Feb. 23, the board’s next scheduled meeting. That bid was $11,088,000.
Both schools are expected to open for the 2016-2017 school year.
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