EAST GREENWICH TWP.-The township’s board of education has awarded contracts for an upcoming construction project.
In September, East Greenwich’s voters approved a $22.5 million project to add classroom space and expand cafeterias and gymnasiums in the kindergarten through sixth grade district, to a design by Garrison Architects of Marlton.
A state grant will cover $7 million of the project, with local taxpayers covering the rest.
The board of education had solicited separate bids for the expansions to the Samuel Mickle and Jeffrey Clark schools, awarding contracts for each project based on the lowest bid.
Dandrea Construction, based in West Berlin, was named construction company for the Jeffrey Clark School with a bid of $7,654,800.
Ogren Construction, based in Vineland, will handle the Samuel Mickle School’s construction with a bid of $7,761,000.
“We went by low bid, but we’re very happy,” said Adele Gallagher, the school board president. “They’ve both come highly recommended.”
The two companies were among 15 that bid on the project.“The bids were tight, because everyone wants to work,” Gallagher said.
The school board was especially looking to employ as many local people as possible with the massive project, therefore their ability to name two South Jersey based companies to oversee the construction is seen as a positive.
“We’re glad to give it to local companies, and hopefully we can get local subcontractors too,” Gallagher said.