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FDCSD adds $46K to central office project

Two new change orders for the Fort Dodge Community School District’s new Central Office and Maintenance Facility renovation project were approved by the school board Tuesday night, totaling nearly $46,000.

The district is remodeling the former Hy-Vee building at 109 N. 25th St. to create a new home for the central administration and maintenance offices. The administration offices are currently housed at the former Arey Elementary School building, 104 S. 17th St. That building will eventually be remodeled to house the district’s Early Childhood Education Center, including preschool, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten.

During a special meeting, the board approved one change order totaling $32,267.22, which is for replacing the sidewalk on the south side of the building, a guardrail on the sidewalk and two new fire alarms inside the building.

It was the fourth change order made since the project started earlier this spring.

The second change order the board approved — and the fifth so far for the project — was for a total of $13,683.54. That cost is to cover asphalt replacement on Second Avenue North, adding two inches of asphalt topping to a section of the street. This is due to the city of Fort Dodge requiring that the section of Second Avenue North that runs north of the building be repaved.

This fifth change order also covers an added lintel at one of the door openings, a new receptacle for IT battery backup and an addition to existing stop footing to accommodate the new front entrance.

The original cost for the project, which was contracted to Woodruff Construction, of Fort Dodge, earlier this year, was for $2,594,700. Through five change orders totaling $292,029.99, the project now costs $2,886,729.99.

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