NEWS | CDI, Inc. Awarded Vigo County Pool General Trades Package

Pool Construction Bids, Principals Approved

Sue Loughlin
The Tribune-Star | Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014 10:59 pm

After more than a year of discussion, debate and planning, work on the new Vigo Schools Aquatic Center at Voorhees Park is expected to begin today.

The Vigo County School Board on Monday awarded contracts totaling $7.8 million to 11 companies. “This is a very exciting evening for the school corporation,” said Superintendent Dan Tanoos.

Lance Gassert, project manager with Garmong Construction Services, told the school board, “We’ll be on site tomorrow (Tuesday).” He notified the site contractor, CDI Inc., after the bids were approved.

A trailer has been set up and a six-foot chain link fence will be installed around the job site.

The project “came in on budget,” Gassert said, and the aquatic center is scheduled to be completed in August 2015.

The district staged a ceremonial groundbreaking last month. Work on the project was to have started last month, but two of the bids — for site work and steel — came in too high.

Contracts were awarded as follows:

•  CDI Inc., $1,481,100 — site work, concrete, carpentry, specialties. (Includes asphalt parking lots and foundation).

•  Hagerman Construction, $1,026,500 — masonry.

•  Lenex Steel, $801,300 — structural steel.

•  Master Installers Inc. $315,300 — roofing.

•  Hoosier Glass, $148,400 — aluminum windows/entrance.

•  Chance Brothers Inc., $136,595 — ceramic tile.

•  B&E Painting Inc. $131,840 — paint and wall coverings.

•  R.L. Turner, $1,932,000 — pool package.

•  Brown Sprinkler Corp., $28,900 — fire protection.

•  Freitag-Weinhardt, $1,235,000 — mechanical systems.

•  Crown Electric, $541,000 — electrical.

The total project cost is $9.8 million, to be financed through a bond issue.

Other project costs include design fees, construction manager supervision, other general requirements and the cost of financing. Garmong is the construction manager for the project.

Pool features will include a 50-meter by 25-yard Olympic-sized pool, a therapy pool and spectator seating for more than 350 people. The new, 30,000 square-foot facility will replace aging pools at Terre Haute South Vigo, North Vigo and West Vigo high schools.

Several of the contracts will involve local companies and labor, Tanoos said last week. “We feel very fortunate that we’ll be able to build a very nice aquatic center, and a lot of it will be done by local laborers.”

In other items, the board receive an update from Energy Systems Group on a $4.1 million renovation project at Hoosier Prairie Elementary.

 The project will provide the school with permanent interior walls and doors and will enclose the media center and computer lab. The school was constructed in the late 1970s with an “open concept.” The project also will provide greater energy savings, safety measures and improved site drainage.

About two feet of ground-level brick facade are being replaced around the school perimeter for greater moisture control. Other measures also will take water away from the building.

“It has been going well, and we know we will finish on schedule,” said Doug Tischbien of ESG. “I think you’ll be delighted with the outcome.”

The project will be completed before the start of fall classes, he said. The work is being financed and repaid over 15 years at an interest rate of 3.45 percent, resulting in semiannual payments of $176,918.

The payments will come from the district’s Capital Projects Fund.

ESG is overseeing the project and has hired subcontractors for the construction work.

•  Under personnel, the board approved Tammy Rowshandel as the new principal at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. She has been principal at Otter Creek Middle School. She replaces Chris Mauk.

Sarah Gore will be the new principal at Otter Creek; she has been assistant principal at Woodrow Wilson. She replaces Rowshandel.

Haley Ringwald will be the new assistant principal at Honey Creek Middle School.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or

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