The Lincoln County Schools Building and Site Committee met Monday afternoon to discuss the proposals of four firms interested in working on the new Asbury School and the East Lincoln High School Field House.
Associate Superintendent Matt Stover outlined the four proposals in his presentation, and said that he was pleased with the proposed renderings of the school and field house.
The companies submitting proposals include G.L. Wilson Building Company of Statesville, Hickory Construction Company of Hickory, Matthews Construction Company of Conover and R.J. Leeper Construction of Charlotte. While only three of the companies have submitted proposals for both the school and the field house, R.J. Leeper has expressed interest in the field house project as well.
The Lincoln Times-News previously reported on discussions the school board has led as to whether the alternative school should be renovated or relocated to a different school campus. After receiving a significant number of negative comments regarding relocating the school to a different campus, the school board opted to construct the new school at the current location, keeping one of the existing buildings.
At Monday’s meeting, committee members decided to allow each firm 30 minutes to present their proposal and answer any questions. With both of the projects designated as “design build” projects, committee members believe that the approach will not only save money but offer a shorter construction timeline. At this time, the projected costs from each firm will remain confidential. This will be the first time Lincoln County Schools has tried the “design build” approach.
The committee plans to interview each of the firms on March 3. From there, the full School Board is scheduled to discuss the plans at a special meeting on March 4.