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Allegany Project Now Viewed As Realistically Feasible

February 25th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

In stark contrast to the first bid opening last September, it was smiles all around for the Allegany County Board of Education Wednesday afternoon when the new bids were opened for the Allegany High School project. Just three bids, as opposed to five that came in last fall, with the low bid belonging to the Leonard Fiore Company from Altoona at $52.2 million, including 11 add/alternates. The other two bids, from Dustin Construction and P.J. Dick came in right around $53 million.  The School Board has already secured about $49 million in funding commitments from the state and county- leaving a relatively modest budget shortfall of two to three million dollars. A concerted effort to reduce the cost of the project began almost immediately after the September bids came in 20 million over projections- and through cost engineering and additional funding pledges from the state and county- the project is now viewed as realistically feasible. Among those on hand for the bid opening, school board members Ed Root and Laurie Marchini who did not contain their enthusiasm..


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