MOUNT VERNON — Bids for construction of the city’s new service center came in more than $500,000 below the engineer’s estimate and will enable the city to look at some additions to the project.
At the mayor’s weekly press briefing, City Engineer Cameron Keaton reported that the apparent low bidder for the general construction contract was Williamson Builders of Plain City at $2,127,280. Low bidder for the mechanical (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contract was General Temperature Control of Canal Winchester at $563,000 and low bidder for the electrical contract was Modern Builders of Mount Vernon at $358,800.
The estimate for the total project was about $3.6 million. Keaton said that means the city will be able to look at some alternative features they asked for in the bids, including radiant floor heat, extra asphalt work outside, liner panels on the inside of the building and one or two storage buildings.
The city had also looked at awarding only one overall contract, but that would have resulted in a cost about $10,000 higher than issuing the three contracts. A final decision on the award of the contract should be made in the coming week.
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