Emerick Construction awarded contract for Athey Creek Middle School project
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District has officially selected a construction company to begin work at the new Athey Creek Middle School on Dollar Street.
On Dec. 15, 2021, the school board held a special meeting to award a contract to Emerick Construction Company for the new middle school that is expected to house 850 students.
Athey Creek is moving from its current location on Borland Road to make room for a new third-option high school. Prior to awarding the contract, the district began preliminary work to clear trees from the site on Dollar Street.
Remo Douglas, capital construction program manager for the district, said the project garnered bids from four Oregon contracting firms: Turner Construction, Emerick Construction, Kirby Nagelhout Construction and Triplett Wellman Inc.
After deliberation, Emerick Construction was selected for the Athey Creek project with a total bid price of $61,547,000, according to district data.
According to Board Chair Chelsea King, Emerick Construction's price was the lowest bid and equated to about 20-25% of the overall capital bond budget. However, the overall bid does not include a few million dollars for reimbursements that the district expects to budget for additional street work.
"They are a substantial firm," Douglas said. "They do a lot of school work, they do a lot of hard bid work and there's a high degree of confidence in their ability to pursue this project."
Douglas added that he was confident the district wouldn't need to divert additional funds from other projects to build the new middle school.
Before the final vote, King inquired about Emerick's diversity and inclusion priorities, as all the bidding firms were required to describe their inclusive practices.
Douglas said the company is dedicated to diversity through its employment and apprenticeship programs, focusing on working with marginalized, women-owned businesses, people with disabilities and veterans.
Douglas said that the ongoing conversation between the Arbor Cove community and school district needs to continue. He said that there is "no way" to build a school quietly, and it is vital for the district to maintain engagement with the neighbors during the construction.
"This school is going to be a showstopper," King said. "It's a huge price tag but the number of projects that are included under this big project is enormous, and it'll be around for many, many years."
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