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DENISON – The money is staying at home for renovation of the Denison Independent School District’s high school football stadium.
Denison school trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to accept the $5.8 million bid from Sherman-based Phyler Construction, which was selected over seven competing bids after placing first on a ranking matrix provided by the project’s chief architect.
“It’s not just cost,” said Steve Hulsey, an architect with Corgan Associates, in explaining the process used to rank the bids. “Cost is a part of it, but it’s cost plus qualifications.”
Hulsey said the bids were ranked based on the experience, personnel and methodology of the contractors. The district will now begin negotiations with Plyler on a final contract.
The fact that the winning bid came from a local company was a good outcome, Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott said.
“In all the construction we’ve done, we’ve tried to use local people. We’re helping our own people by doing this as well. A lot of people that are employed (by Plyler) live in Denison, and several of their employees have got kids in our schools.”
Renovating the current stadium will cost only half what it would have cost to build a new stadium, Scott said.
David Plyler, vice president of the contractor, said the company has 16 employees whose children attend school in Denison, giving the project added significance for the firm.
“Not only the workers on the project but also the suppliers, everybody else involved in the construction trade, get a lift for the whole project,” Plyler said.
Renovation on the stadium is expected to begin in mid-November, after the Yellow Jackets’ last home game of the 2013 football season. The project is expected to be complete in time for the 2014 season.