School work contract goes to Corinth contractor

CORINTH – Worsham Brothers Construction of Corinth on Monday was awarded the contract to build Corinth Elementary School.
At a cost of about $14 million, which includes several alternate classroom additions, the project was touted as perhaps the largest current project in Mississippi.
Work is expected to begin at the Droke Road site, with completion scheduled in July 2010.
Seven companies bid on the project. After Thursday’s bid opening, as low bidder Worsham Brothers was expected to win the project barring unforeseen problems.
The company submitted a base bid of $13.142 million, along with the lowest bid of $340,000 to build four additional classrooms on the kindergarten wing and $130,000 per two additional classrooms on each of the other four wings, bringing the project total to $14.002 million.
The cost per square foot is less than $110, much less than anyone had anticipated, said Superintendent Lee Childress.
The base bid included current needs plus normal growth, Childress said. The additional classrooms will accommodate school district growth for many years, including the possibility that the state will add pre-K programs at some time in the future.
Childress noted that in the building of Corinth High School the actual cost was less than the bid, but no one should expect similar results this time.
District officials have built in a $150,000 cushion for unanticipated costs should actual expenses be higher than the bid, he said.
Corinth voters last spring approved a $12.8 million bond issue to be used for the project, along with funds the district already had.
In addition to constructing a new K-4 elementary school, the school district is expanding the junior high school to convert it to a middle school for grades 5-8 and completing additional construction projects at Corinth High School.

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