The Crozet Elementary playground story continues. (Background) I asked Joe Letteri, the Director of Buliding Services for the Albemarle County Public Schools to tell us exactly how much the playground cost. He responded quickly; his email and the cost sheets are below.
Thank you, Joe, for sending this to on.
I feel a bit like I’m beating a dead (expensive) horse by continuing to post about this, but if we the people don’t step up and ask questions of “our” government, things like this will continue to happen.
This is the vendor – All Recreation, Inc. – referenced in the email and the invoices.
The email from Albemarle County (my questions below):
“As you requested in your September 14th email, I have gathered the information regarding the purchase of the components for the Crozet and the Brownsville play sets. Attachment 1 is the invoice from the Crozet play set, which shows the components purchased and the corresponding drawings. Attachment 2 is the invoice and the corresponding drawings for the Brownsville play set. Each shows the different components attributed to each school.
As I was reviewing the information, I wanted to share the following that may be useful in your review:
• The Brownsville set was priced in 2008 and ordered in 2009 while the Crozet set was priced and installed this year. There has been a significant increase (17% according to the vendor) in the cost of play ground equipment since that time due to the increased prices of plastic and metal.
• We did obtain very favorable pricing for the Crozet play set by partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools (noted as FCPS on the attachment), the largest school division in the Commonwealth. The Crozet set was installed using FCPS pricing, and the vendor used was the lowest bidder.
• The Brownsville site did not require the demolition and removal of an existing set, which accounted for $8,000 of the cost of the Crozet set.
It is important to note that the size of each play set is determined by the capacity of the school. Since Brownsville’s capacity is 336 more students than Crozet’s capacity, Brownsville would require more components to accommodate the additional students.
Since there is room to expand the current Crozet Elementary play set, we would welcome an opportunity to work with a Committee, if external funding sources can be obtained, to add additional components to the play area. After you have had an opportunity to review the attached information, please let me know if you have additional questions, or if you would like to begin the process of forming a Committee to explore options for adding other play components to the existing play set at Crozet Elementary School.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at 434-975-9340, or via email at email@example.com, should you have any questions regarding the attached information.
Joseph P. Letteri, CFM
Director of Building Services
Albemarle County Public Schools
2751 Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
– How many vendors bid on this?
– What is the “List + 20%” represent? Installation?
– Why did Brownsville’s cost the same as the Crozet one? I still don’t see how a playground twice the size cost the same (minus the referenced 17%)
– Why not procure a playground set for 336 kids +20%? Why build to a minimum? Why not build and anticipate some increase in student population?