Lydig Construction plans to build the new Mead High School for about $3 million less than the Mead School District expected.
The Mead school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to award the contract to Lydig for its bid of $22,550,945. That includes the school building itself and alternates such as an orchestra pit cover, an elevator and tennis lighting.
The architect for the new school had estimated that the building and alternates would cost $25,000,363.
The award still must be approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia. That approval is basically a rubber stamp.
“It’s just an overview to make sure the numbers are all in the right place,” said John Dormaier, construction coordinator on the project.
The four bids on the project all came in within 1.5 percentage points of each other. Besides Lydig, Garco Construction, Goebel Construction and Shea Construction bid on the new high school.
“There was a very good marketplace,” Dormaier said. “The contractors were very competitive. We’re obviously below our budget for the building.”
The school district hopes to receive its building permit for the high school in the next two weeks.
Also, the district is looking for members of a new citizens planning committee. That committee, which will be made up of about 30 people, will recommend the student attendance boundaries for the new high school and the existing Mead High School.
That committee, which will probably start meeting in the fall, will also recommend a comprehensive capital facilities plan.
Applications for the committee are available at any school building or the district office. They must be completed and returned by June 30.