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Lee school management contract OK’d

Architect Greg Smith of James Buckley and Associates, explained the bidding process for a new elementary school to members of the Lee County School Board Monday. The board voted unanimouslyto award the construction management contract for the $11 million project to Kinney Construction.

Architect Greg Smith of James Buckley and Associates, explained the bidding process for a new elementary school to members of the Lee County School Board Monday. The board voted unanimouslyto award the construction management contract for the $11 million project to Kinney Construction.

LEESBURG — The Lee County School Board on Monday unanimously awarded the construction management contact for a new $11 million elementary school to Kinney Construction.

Kinney, which was the management firm involved in the construction of Twin Oaks Elementary School, was selected from a pool of 10 companies that bid on the contract.

“We had the advantage of having 10 very qualified companies bidding on this project, so we really couldn’t go wrong,” project architect Greg Smith of James Buckley and Associates said. “Any one of these companies would have done an excellent job.”

Smith said a major reason Kinney was chosen was because it was a local firm.

“We feel it is important to have the involvement of a local company,” Smith said. “Local firms have working knowledge of local resources. Kinney will also provide us with the opportunity to be more involved in the (building) process.”

The new school will be constructed at the intersection of Lovers Lane and Robert B. Lee Drive. The new building will relieve overcrowding at the middle school level. Those students will move into the old elementary building once the elementary students are relocated to the new school.

Smith said building plans should be completed sometime next month with construction work beginning early next year. The as yet unnamed school has a completion target of May 31, 2013, with occupancy expected for the 2013-14 school year.