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First round of bids

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools The first round of bid openings for the construction of the new Wadena-Deer Creek School took place at WDC Elementary. At left, Kraus-Anderson Construction Senior Project Manager Chad Rettke announces each bid, as WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom and WDC Business Manager Jerry Anderson, assist Rettke. More than 50 companies from Minnesota bid on concrete, structural steel, geothermal wells, site lighting, earthwork, asphalt paving, landscaping and utilities. Kraus-An...

District 2155 school board took just 28 minutes in a May 3 meeting to approve 10 bids for work on the new Wadena-Deer Creek 5-12 school.

Kraus-Anderson senior project engineer Chad Rettke recommended the award of contracts to the following firms.

• Concrete Package & Concrete Paving Package: Bruce's Contracting Inc., Backus, Minn., $1,134,000

• Below Grade Masonry Package: Johnson-Nelson Masonry Inc., Ashby, Minn., $169,600

• Structural Steel Package (material only): Construction Systems Inc., Maple Plain, Minn., $1,335,657

• Structural Steel Installation Package: KMH Erectors Inc., Maple Plain, Minn., $486,900

• Geothermal Wells: Steffl Drilling & Pump Inc., Willmar, Minn., $777,777

• Site Lighting Package: Lee Davis Electric Inc., Park Rapids, Minn., $52,820

• Earthwork Package: Landwehr Construction Inc., St. Cloud, Minn., $688,214

• Asphalt Paving Package: Tri-City Paving Inc., Little Falls, Minn., $280,515

• Landscaping: Urban Companies, LLC, St. Paul, Minn., $245,000

• Utilities Package: Burski Excavating Inc., Rice, Minn., $283,000

Rettke said the total recommended bid packages are at $5,453,483, which is about $265,000 under budget. The second bid date will take place in late June. Rettke added that 100 percent of construction contracts will be bid out by July 5. The school is expected to be operating by September 2012.