Development on new K-8 faculty delayed soon after bids to develop it came in way above budget

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The St. Johns County School District is suspending the design of a new school in the northwest aspect of the county just after the school board voted Tuesday evening to reject 3 multi-million dollar bids because they ended up also costly.

3 corporations submitted bids past week to build a new K-8 school in the Shearwater community involving County Street 210 and County Street 16.

Culpepper Building Company submitted a $67.5 million bid, D.E. Scorpio Corporation put in a bid for $62.5 million and STG Contracting Group reported it could make the school for $56.2 million.

Just two a long time ago, the district explained it developed the correct same design college for $37.2 million.

Harvard Jolly Architecture and the district claimed the bids obtained were exceptionally high and arrived in “considerably above spending plan.”


“It is our viewpoint that the present-day bidding climate which consists of uncertainty in the availability of development products as perfectly as the shortened development period for this undertaking resulted in bid amounts in surplus of the spending budget. Harvard Jolly as very good stewards of the St. Johns County taxpayer bucks are not able to advocate the award of this challenge to the evident small bidder,” Harvard Jolly Undertaking Supervisor Lance Courtemanche wrote in a letter to the district.

It wasn’t instantly distinct what the spending plan for the new faculty was, but the district and board associates stated they were stunned at how superior the bids they been given have been.

Courtemanche proposed the St. Johns County University District reject all latest bids for the new K-8 school “NN” so it can “change various variables in just the task to stimulate a lot more contractor participation and eventually minimize the price tag.”

The university district laid out an bold goal for the new college that it desperately desires enable with overcrowding in close by schools. The district mentioned it wished to have the new faculty open up for the begin of the 2023-2024 faculty year. Now, the new university will very likely not be all set for students until the slide of 2024.


The district said the higher cost of the turned down bids was probable a result of inflation and the accelerated timeline for construction.

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