“We are hoping people will sharpen their pens a little bit.” – Finance Director Jeff Smith
A new request for bids was set to go out this week for a project that will bring a natural gas pipeline to the Mansfield Middle School, along with other upgrades aimed at making the school more fuel efficient.
A walk-through of the school for prospective bidders on what’s known as the fuel conversion project at Mansfield Middle School is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, according to Finance Director Jeff Smith.
The sealed bids will then be opened and read at 2 p.m. on Feb 5.
“We are hoping people will sharpen their pens a little bit,” Smith said, adding that the first batch of bids submitted in October 2008 were well over the grant funding available for the project.
This time around, the request for bids also includes a menu of project components – or alternatives – which should give bidders more options, Smith said.
The request for bids states, “[The] project converts [an] electrically-heated school to natural gas heating and includes but is not limited to site work, construction of detached boiler building, masonry, drywall and ceiling work, new gas service, gas-fired boilers, co-generation unit, hot water heating distribution piping, heating terminal units and radiation, rooftop-dedicated outside air units, ducted air distribution, HVAC controls, electrical power distribution and lighting. “
Interested bidders who want to take part in the Jan. 20 walk-through must sign-up by calling the Finance Department at 429-3387 by Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, before 4:30 p.m.
Plans and specifications for the project will be available after 2 p.m. on Jan.15 in the Finance Office, as well as at the walk-through. A $50 non-refundable fee is required.
The choice of natural gas follows a study conducted in 2007 – which was a re-do of a study originally conducted in 2004, because of changes in the cost of fuel and other unforeseeable dips in the economy.
The 2007 study concluded that natural gas not only was the better option, offering “considerable energy savings,” lower operating costs, and less of an impact on the environment – or “carbon footprint.” measured by pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
Currently, most of the floor area of the Middle School is heated electrically.
Note: For a copy of the 2007 Fuel Conversion Study in PDF format, click on the attachment at the end of this story.
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