2012-09-14 / Front Page

Standish company to get contract

Arthur C. Dudley submits low Wentworth School bid
By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Dan Cecil, principal architect with Harriman Associates and Jo Anne Sizemore, assistant superintendent of schools in Scarborough, open a bid from Arthur Dudley Contractor/Builder Inc. to construct the new Wentworth Intermediate School. The firm was the low bidder. The Board of Education was expected to approve the bid on Thursday, Sept. 13. (Michael Kelley photo) Dan Cecil, principal architect with Harriman Associates and Jo Anne Sizemore, assistant superintendent of schools in Scarborough, open a bid from Arthur Dudley Contractor/Builder Inc. to construct the new Wentworth Intermediate School. The firm was the low bidder. The Board of Education was expected to approve the bid on Thursday, Sept. 13. (Michael Kelley photo) A Maine-based construction company has been chosen to construct a new 163,000- square-foot Wentworth Intermediate School.

Paul Koziell, chairman of the Wentworth Intermediate School Building Committee, said on Monday, Sept. 10, the building committee voted to award the construction project to Arthur C. Dudley Contractor/ Builder Inc of Standish.

With a bid of $27.939 million, the company was the lowest of the four bids that Dan Cecil, principal architect at Harriman Associates, the architecture and engineering firm that designed the school and Jo Anne Sizemore, assistant superintendent and schools, opened at the bid opening on Thursday, Sept. 6.

The bids ranged from Arthur C. Dudley Builder/Contractor’s bid of $27.93 million to Wright-Ryan Construction’s bid of $28.98 million and included bids from Harvey Construction Corporation ($28.28 million) and The Sheridan Corporation ($28.73 million).

PC Construction Company, which is currently working on constructing a new high school in South Portland, was expected to bid on the project, but did not.

“We did our due diligence in coming up with our final pricing so we felt our pricing was accurate,” Art Dudley, founder and president of the company said this week. “We knew our bids were really, really competitive with the other bidders out there.”

The Board of Education was scheduled to officially award the bid on Thursday, Sept. 13, after the Leader’s deadline.

Koziell said after the board’s official vote, a contract would be finalized with Dudley.

“My plan would be to have that contract ready to sign next week,” Koziell said. At that point, he added, construction would be ready to begin.

Before that happens, however, representatives from Dudley Contractor/ Builder Inc. and the school district will be meeting to figure out project phasing and the logistics of how to do the construction project with Scarborough High School, Wentworth Intermediate School and Scarborough Middle School all operating nearby. Construction is expected to begin this fall and last until fall 2014, when the existing school is scheduled for demolition. The new school will be ready for students beginning in the 2014- 2015 school year.

Koziell said he was glad that several quality contractors had bid on the project and a Maine-based company came out the lowest.

“All good contractors submitted on this and a Maine contractor was the apparent lowest. That is good for the state of Maine,” Koziell said at the bid opening.

Dudley said his firm has worked on 30 schools since it was started in 1975, including five with Harriman Associates.

“Their schools are very attractive and have a great learning atmosphere once they are done,” Dudley said of Harriman after a pre-qualified contractors meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9.

This project, Dudley said this week, will be no different.

“I think the school will be very appealing to the town when it is all done,” he said.

Koziell said he was particularly surprised at how close the bids were. There was only a $1.05 million difference between the lowest bid and the highest bid.

“Sometimes there is a big difference in the bids. When that happens you are worried about something being missing in one of the bids. Since there is only a $1 million difference in a $28 million project, it is a great sign,” he said.

“The tightness of the bids show we had a good site design and specifications,” said Bob Mitchell, chairman of the Scarborough Board of Education and a member of the building committee.

Mitchell said he was glad the project made it to this point, especially given the fact that six years ago Scarborough residents voted down a $55 million proposal to construct a new intermediate school and renovate the middle school. This November it was different. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 63 percent, or 4,792 residents, voted to construct the new two-story intermediate school.

That, Mitchell said, was the highlight of the whole process.

“That showed a great commitment to education and the town. This today,” he said of the bid opening, “is just icing on the cake.”

Mitchell said the project wouldn’t have made it to this point had it not been for the hard work and expertise of the building committee, who put countless hours into planning for the new school.

“This is one of the better building committees that we have had in town,” Mitchell said.

“The school district, building committee and I are excited to get the project started,” Koziell said. “This is quite a milestone for us.”

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