WATERLOO — A slate of bids totaling $10.94 million was approved Tuesday by Hawkeye Community College’s board of trustees for construction of a new urban campus.

The total project cost is estimated at $12.96 million with the addition of construction management, design and contingency fees plus other expenses like permits and testing.

Construction costs came in $659,580 above the $10.28 million estimate. When the other costs are added, the total is $696,873 over the estimate.

Work is expected to get underway in May on the 45,000-square-foot three-story Adult Learning Center. It will be located downtown just north of U.S. Highway 218 between First Street and Mullan Avenue along Jefferson Street.

However, road construction already started on U.S. Highway 63 in that area is expected to present some challenges for vehicles coming and going from the site. Cardinal Construction of Waterloo, which was chosen earlier as the construction management company on the project, has been preparing for those logistical issues.

“The access to the site is always going to be delicate during the summer construction season,” said Gene Leonhart, Cardinal’s chief executive officer.

Trustees approved 14 bid packages with 12 companies. Eight of the packages had two to four bidders while five received only one bid. Seven companies bid on one package — electrical, communications, and electronic safety and security.

Companies and the contracts they were awarded include:

Peters Construction, Waterloo — $353,353 for site work, $646,646 for concrete and $1.09 million for structural and miscellaneous steel.

Carl Schuller Masonry, Waterloo — $424,400 for masonry.

Woodruff Construction, Waterloo — $2.7 million for general construction.

Black Hawk Roof, Cedar Falls — $174,950 for roofing.

Iowa Wall Systems, Waterloo — $822,880 for framing and drywall.

CR Glass, Cedar Rapids — $659,880 for glass and glazing.

TriMark Food Service, St. Cloud, Minn. — $157,500 for food service equipment.

Schumacher Elevator, Denver — $87,565 for elevator.

Black Hawk Sprinkler, Cedar Falls — $88,500 for fire suppression.

Young Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Waterloo — $1.71 million for HVAC and plumbing.

Nelson Electric, Waterloo — $1.84 million for electrical, communications, electronic safety and security.

K Cunningham, Cedar Falls — $186,500 for site paving.

Construction management fees are 3 percent of the total, or $329,120. Other expenses are budgeted at $692,386 and contingency is set at $250,000.

Fees for Struxture Architects of Waterloo, which designed the project, are estimated at $754,459, or 6.5 percent.

Officials anticipate work will be completed in time for the center to open in the fall of 2018. It will replace the Metro and Martin Luther King Jr. centers, doubling the capacity for serving students to 4,000. Those centers are located downtown and on the northeast side, respectively.

Adult education students will continue to be the focus of programs when the new facility opens. Along with noncredit adult basic education and English language learner classes, Hawkeye plans to expand credit nursing assistant and computer numerical control machining programs. More credit programs may be added later.

CNC and nursing labs will be on the first floor, as will a number of services for students. A health clinic, child care and a hub to connect students to social services will be available. A coffee shop and cafe that will also function as a student learning lab is planned for the first floor.

About $8 million of the facility’s cost will come from a $25 million bond issue approved by voters in February 2015. The college is seeking grants and plans other private fundraising for the rest of the money.

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Waterloo Schools / HCC Reporter

Education reporter for the Courier

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