HORNELL Construction plans at a Hornell city elementary school have gotten bigger and better

The Hornell City School District Board of Education accepted three bids Thursday for the North Hornell Elementary School Phase II construction project.

Officials said the "under budget" bids will allow the district to add a chilled water cooling system to the North Hornell Phase II work. With that in mind, the school board rejected the "mechanical" (heating) contract bid, while awarding the general, electrical and plumbing contracts.

"We are going to do all the existing work in the original contract, but then we are going to add the climate control to it," said Hornell capital project superintendent Mick Pavlick. "Now the engineer will go back to the drawing board, starting today, and they will re-do that building to accept climate control, which basically is running new pipes for the chilled water.

The accepted bids for North Hornell allowed the district to save about $700,000, officials said. Even with the addition of the chilled water cooling system, the project will stay under budget, the school superintendent said.

"In light of good bidding seasons, we have a good cushion in what we have left in this $52 million (capital project budget), and also being able to come in under the original proposed budget of $2.9 million (for North Hornell)," said Superintendent Doug Wyant, Jr.

The school board awarded the general contract for the North Hornell school to LeChase Corporation's bid of $736,100. The $80,500 electrical contract went to Hewitt Young Electric, while a $39,800 plumbing contract was awarded to Thurston Dudek, LLC.

Major components of the North Hornell II project include classroom renovations, asbestos abatement, boiler replacement, a secured school entrance, office area renovations and cafeteria roof replacement. Major work will begin over the district's spring recess in mid April.

North Hornell's new cooling system will bring it in line with the rest of the school buildings in the district, construction and district officials pointed out.

"We will have to have a special meeting before spring break to get that mechanical bid," Wyant said.