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Lanesville awards bid for gym at $1.63 million

The contract for construction of a new Lanesville Elementary School gym and classrooms was awarded to AML general contractors of Floyds Knobs at about $80,000 more than projected. Rising steel prices caused bids to range higher than expected, said Supt. Phil Partenheimer.
The $1,634,000 bid was awarded during the April monthly meeting of the Lanesville Community School Corp.’s school board. The school had some contingency funding built in, and, with the urgent need for a gym, the corporation could not wait for better prices, Dr. Partenheimer said.
The next lowest bid was for $1.74 million, and the highest was for $1.89 million. Eight bids were received in all.
‘The gym is being built with what is called ’tilt walls’,’ Partenheimer said.
‘They pour the slab for the whole project and then they form the walls on the floor of the slab. The wall is built on the floor of the form, and then they tilt it up and drop it. It’s a cost-effective way of building a wall, and it’s very fast. Otherwise cinder blocks take forever and you’ve got a lot of labor in that,’ Partenheimer said.
‘We feel pretty good about it other than the fact that steel went up in price on us,’ he said.
Preparations have been made for the gym’s demolition. It is scheduled to begin today (Wednesday) and should take a couple of days to complete, Partenheimer said.
Pieces of the gym floor are being fashioned into plaques to be sold as a fund-raiser, Partenheimer said.