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Work at Greenview Knolls Elementary School will progress now that the school board awarded a $3.3 million contract to Scheibel Construction for a heating and air-conditioning renovation.

The project had been delayed more than a year by trouble securing funding and after initial bids came in over budget. The scope of the project was reworked, and it went out to bid again this winter.

Now that a contract has been approved, some of the work can begin this spring, Larry Hartwick, supervisor of design and construction, said. Major work will be done this summer, and then crews will take a break and finish the work the following summer.

This schedule will keep students from being moved off site during the school year, as Oakville Elementary School students were last year during a similar renovation project.

The heating and cooling systems at Greenview Knolls will be replaced and the fire sprinkler system will be extended to the original portion of the building, which dates back to 1965.

In addition, the project budget permits alternate add-ons that will replace the single-glazed windows with high-performance ones, replace interior light fixtures, put in new ceilings, remove an old oil tank and put in an automatic temperature-control system.

Seven contractors had submitted bids for the Greenview Knolls project.

The base bid submitted by American Combustion Industries was approximately $660,000 less than the next lowest base bid, which was submitted by J. A. Scheibel.

However, two business days after submission of its bid, ACI provided formal notice that there were significant errors in its bid and requested that it be withdrawn, according to school staff.

Hartwick, after consulting with the school system’s lawyer and others, suggested the school board not pursue the bid, but instead award the contract to the next lowest bidder. School board members unanimously agreed with that decision during a January meeting and approved the contract to Scheibel.

Scheibel Construction has worked on a number of projects in St. Mary’s, including building Evergreen Elementary School and the renovations at Leonardtown Elementary and Leonardtown Middle schools.

jyeatman@somdnews.com