MANISTAY – With the second round of bidding for the Manistee District’s $30.855 million public school bond project set to begin in September, the district has scheduled two open sessions to provide information to local contractors and the public.

MAPS will hold a pre-bid contractor conference at 2 p.m. Monday at Kennedy Elementary School, located at 550 Maple Street in Manistee. The district highly recommends the presence of contractors interested in the project.

representatives from Christmann, the construction management company in the region; TowerPinkster, the area architecture firm, will be available to provide information regarding the practices, bidding requirements, bond and legal resources of eligible firms.
The Community Engagement Forum will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, also at Kennedy Elementary. The informational meeting will allow attendees to learn more about Kennedy’s renovations and gym addition at Manistee Middle High School.
The meeting will cover the scope and schedule of construction projects, the bidding process and the keys to success.
In May 2021, voters approved a $30.855 million district bond proposal to allow for the renovation of the Kennedy Elementary School building to consolidate all elementary grades, build a middle school gymnasium, and demolish the former 1927 Jefferson Elementary and High School building.
MAPS made an initial offer for the bond project in October, but accepted only one offer of $527,900 from Swidorski Bros. Excavating LLC for excavation work. The Board of Directors accepted the offer during a meeting on December 21.
No other bids related to the project were accepted at that time.
“In this second bidding round, we’ve realigned the criteria to broaden the scope of project elements so that they are achievable for smaller contractors,” said Howard Vass, MAPS’ business manager. “At the pre-bid conference, we hope to meet with local contractors and share information about upcoming opportunities.
“We’ve also created a community forum opportunity for any community members who might be interested in updating this project.”

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