Marrillia Design and Construction, of Lexington, has been awarded a $6.2 million bid for major renovations at Somerset High School. The contract includes cosmetic and structural modifications, as well as enlarging the school's cafeteria by approximately 1,000 square feet.
Project architect Craig Thomas, with RBS Design Group, told Somerset Independent School Board members that all four bids were very close, with Marrillia’s $6,196,500 bid besting ones submitted by D.W. Wilburn and D.C. Trimble Inc.
After awarding the bid, school board members approved changes to the project’s budget plan, reflecting the new expected cost of $6.2 million. The original estimated cost of the project was approximately $6.5 million. Those changes are pending approval from the Kentucky Department of Education.
Bathrooms near the cafeteria that currently can be accessed only from the outside of the building will have their entrances moved so that they can be accessed from the cafeteria.
Somerset High School's Clara Morrow Field will also see improvements including new locker rooms which will give both girls' and boys' home teams space at the field. The current locker room setup requires teams to share the space on a rotation.
The SHS soccer complex will also gain an improved entrance/breezeway with permanent concession stands and a ticket booth that will aid with the flow of people into the stands.
Thomas told the board that he had not worked with Marrillia Design or its president, Josh Marrillia, before. After doing research, however, Thomas said he had no reservations in recommending the company.
“As I understand it, they’ll have a local gentleman to be their project site foreman. Someone who lives in Science Hill, if I’m not mistaken,” Thomas said. “From that prospective, I think it’s a win-win.”
After the school board approved the contract, board Chairperson Elaine Wilson said she felt the bidding process had worked out well. She said she was looking forward to progressing with the project, especially since a lot of the renovations had been needed for some time.
“I’m real excited about getting the process underway,” she said.