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Oct 18, 2018 5:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton School Board Awards Construction Contracts For Expansion Project

Bob Caliendo, left, and John Grillo speaking about the Bridgehampton School expansion. JON WINKLER
Oct 22, 2018 10:13 AM

The Bridgehampton School Board announced its selections of contractors for its building expansion project this week—and said that all the contracts will come in under budget.

During its meeting on Wednesday night, October 17, the School Board approved the selection of four companies to handle the four elements of the $29.4 million project.

Stalco Construction of Islandia was chosen to handle general construction for $18.5 million; Ambrosio & Company of Ronkonkoma will do plumbing reconstruction for $1.1 million; Central Air Heating & Cooling of Roslyn Heights will do the HVAC reconstruction for $3.3 million; and Palace Electrical Contractors of Wantagh will do the electrical work for $1.9 million.

Added together, the contracts total of a little over $25 million, which, subtracted from the total cost of the project, leaves about $4.4 million.

This was a welcome development for the project after original bids came in over budget when the project’s original price tag of $24.7 million. The board determined back in July that an additional $4.7 million was needed to pay for high labor and construction costs, eventually getting public approval for the additional money in September—which is now a “safety net” for the project.

The project will include constructing a new gymnasium, cafeteria, technology room, fitness center and locker rooms, as well as renovations to the library and classrooms in the existing school building.

According to architect John Grillo of Port Jefferson, $1.8 million in unspent contingency money could be used to purchase tables and chairs for the expanded classrooms and cafeteria that are included in the project. He also pointed out that the money could cover the high costs of steel and concrete for the project, along with any unforeseen costs that could come up during the actual construction.

“We don’t know what we’re going to find as we start to excavate,” he added. “It’s nice to have that cushion that’s going to sit there as kind of our safety net over the next 24 months to see where we are at the end of the project. And if we don’t need it, it just doesn’t get spent and goes back into the debt service.”

Board members inquired about other elements of the school property that could be addressed either with the expansion or with future work once the expansion is complete. Markanthony Verzosa specifically pointed out consideration needed for the school’s parking areas and how it impacts the morning drop-off situation for buses and parents. He suggested paving an oval-shaped route for drop-offs that surrounds the building allowing less car congestion in the morning.

“There’s a line of cars that starts up at the front of the school in the parking lot that goes around the corner,” Mr. Verzosa said. “Even when someone moves, that line doesn’t move.”

The board unanimously voted to award the contracts. Mr. Grillo said that he hopes to get construction crews out to the school by the first week of November to break ground.

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All from Western Suffolk or Nassau. So much for supporting your community.
By zeke (40), southampton on Oct 19, 18 4:28 AM
All up island. Should be some arugment from east end workers. Support and hire your neighbors.
By Win sky (58), Southampton on Oct 19, 18 9:07 AM
The government isn't just allowed to pick any company; they are required by law to award to the lowest bidder or the bidder that provides the best value.

Imagine the outrage if the school board picked their cousin's wife's construction company without any oversight, just because it's based in Water Mill.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 19, 18 9:20 AM
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How do you not know none of the businesses selected is not family related??
By Win sky (58), Southampton on Oct 19, 18 10:15 AM
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I suppose I don't, but you're missing the part about oversight.

The lowest bidder could have potentially obtained a competitive advantage to help inform its bid better, but it still had to beat the prices of all other bidders.

Do you understand what the competitive bidding process means?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 19, 18 10:37 AM
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1.8 million will be sucked out in cost over runs and extras....
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 19, 18 10:46 AM
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I'm sure there will be plenty of unforeseen costs.
By bmr80 (35), east quogue on Oct 24, 18 5:37 PM