NKSD green lights NKHS renovations

POULSBO — After receiving just one bid for the renovation and modernization of North Kitsap High School June 21, the North Kitsap School District Board’s options were somewhat limited.

They became even more so when the sticker shock settled in.

Hilger Construction’s $15.2 million bid was $3.2 million higher than budgeted.

Nonetheless, the NKSD will bite the sizable bullet and move forward.

The board held a special meeting Monday, unanimously approving Hilger’s bid.

School board member Dan Delaney said the construction company’s past work with the district led to the final decision.

“Your track record played a large factor in the board accepting the bid even though it was over our projected budget for this project,” Delaney told Nick Hilger, owner of Hilger Construction. “Congratulations on receiving the bid award.”

To resolve the discrepancy between the capital project budget for the North Kitsap High School Phase II main building and modernization project ($11.9 million) and Hilger Construction’s bid ($15.2 million), the district approved a budget adjustment in which capital reserve funds, reconciliation of miscellaneous budget, increased revenue state match and property reallocation will be used to offset the costs associated with the bid.

Hilger said he is excited to work with the NKSD once again.“It feels great. This will be our third project where we have done work for the district,” he said. “It’s been a team effort from the beginning and we’re excited about this project. It’s nice to work with a great group of people up here.”

As a result, Hilger is chomping at the bit to start the work.

“We hope to start construction right away,” he said. “As soon as we get all of the paperwork complete, we will get to work.”

The entire NKHS main building will The entire NKHS main building will be renovated, including the 300, 400, 500 and 600 wing. The library will be converted into an administrators’ room and space will be added for a new library. The commons will have a significant amount of additional square footage as well.

NKSD Capital Programs Director Robin Shoemaker said she was thrilled renovations will start sooner rather than later. If the NKSD had declined Hilger’s proposal or opted to rebid the project, the project’s start date could have been pushed back to summer 2008.

“It’s good to finally make this happen,” Shoemaker said. “It feels great to move forward with this project. The renovations are so important and will have a positive effect on North Kitsap High School. It will benefit everything immensely. The project is projected to be done by the spring of 2008.”

NKSD Capital Programs Project Manager Dennis Burch said he’s content with the amount of contingency funds in place if cost overruns occur during construction.

“I feel very comfortable with this group (Hilger Construction). I have a lot of faith in them to do a great job,” he said. “I feel we have enough contingency funds in place if we end up needing them.”

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