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New roofs approved for two Farmington schools

Skyrocketing construction costs pushed the projects past the budgeted $2.3 million

Farmington Municipal Schools announced that its school board approved a resolution which selected a contractor for re-roofing projects at Mesa View Middle School and Esperanza Elementary School.

Robert Toboada, public information officer for Farmington Municipal Schools, said in an email May 8, that the district is awaiting a purchase order from the state, but expect to start the project in early summer.

The general contractor selected for these projects is Jaynes Corp. The projects have a budget of $500,000 for Mesa View Middle School and $1.8 million for Esperanza Elementary School, and are funded by American Recovery Program assets.

“Those amounts are what we’ve budgeted for the re-roofing projects, and the bid from Jaynes was $453,000 for the Mesa View overlay re-roofing, and $1,942,000 for the overlay at Esperanza Elementary,” Roberto Toboada, public information officer for FMS said in an email.

A portion of the total cost of the project includes the cost of a roofing observer, which is required under state law.

The New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority Roofing Program Handbook serves as a guide for roofing projects conducted on public school facilities in New Mexico. The handbook establishes certifications, predesign phases, codes and standards, design criteria and materials and specifications.

The handbook states that the design professional must apply professional judgment in considering the recommendations made by the roofing consultation and the observations of the roofing observer.

“We are using American Recovery Plan Act funds. We have more than $14 million in projects funded by ARPA funds coming,” Toboada said.

“The Mesa View roof will be EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing with new membrane for 21,000 square feet. Esperanza is 74,500 square feet of metal roofing,” Toboada said.

Bids were submitted by two companies, Jaynes Corp. and Winters Construction.

The bid evaluation was conducted by a committee of five individuals who scored Jaynes Corp. at 95 and Winters Construction at 78.2. Because of the significant difference, it was decided that interviews were unnecessary, according to the minutes of the April 4, FMS special board meeting.

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