Agriculture magnet school project moves forward despite added cost

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Agriculture magnet school project moves forward despite added cost

The original bids to construct Springfield’s new agricultural magnet school came in much higher than expected.

The initial estimate, based on details posted for contractors, was $4.46 million but all of the proposals were higher.

The project funded by the Darr Family Foundation is a partnership between Springfield Public Schools and Missouri State University. After the bids were opened in September, the three entities worked together to figure out a solution.

The scope of the project was reduced from 16,500 to 15,100 square feet, the foundation pledged funds beyond its initial $6.5 million gift and the district offered to contribute up to $100,000 toward a greenhouse and the telecommunications network.

“This is going to be an amazing building, without question, that we will own,” Clif Smart, president of MSU, told the university’s Board of Governors. “There are lots of indirect benefits of a high profile partnership like this within the agricultural community within Springfield, with SPS.”

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The MSU board voted Wednesday to approve the $6.7 million project, including the $5.5 million construction bid from Larry Snyder & Company.

Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University

Larry Snyder & Company submitted the lowest bid and it was $6.4 million, or $2 million more than expected.

“The bids came in high so we negotiated with the apparent low bidder, which was Larry Snyder, to redesign parts of the project to save money,” said Matt Morris, vice president for administrative services at MSU.

The university was able to shave $819,348 off the price by eliminating an outdoor classroom, a sunshade, a service entrance, and a plan to repave part of an existing driveway. There was also a change in some of the material used for the project.

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