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Jay County Economic Development, 19 Mar 2012 [cached]
"Most people fixate on construction costs," said Jeff Badders of SchenkelShultz.
The commissioners also discussed whether to award a bid this morning, but were advised by Badders that there was no rush. Weigand Construction Inc., Fort Wayne, was the apparent low bidder and has been in talks with Badders.
Although Badders said there was no reason not to accept their bid, the commissioners held off on any official action.
Badders said his team can look into working with some things to try to improve the look of the Main Street side, whether it be arrangement of lights or vents or other pieces of the building.
Jay County Economic Development, 19 Mar 2012 [cached]
Jeff Badders of SchenkelShultz told Jay County Commissioners Monday that after further review of the jail bids and a meeting with apparent low bidder Weigand Construction, Fort Wayne, that the construction costs on the project have dropped to about $7.3 million.
Weigand submitted a bid of $7,693,000 for the full project, but alternates combined with a few cost-trimming measures shaved that number down slightly.
Badders told the commissioners that the main reason behind the bids coming in close to $1 million over the engineer''s estimate was due to masonry costs. Costs for concrete and masonry work on the structure have remained high, where other material costs have dipped during the past year or so.
If the building was more of a steel-based structure, Badders said, the bids would have been on target.
Jay County Economic Development, 19 Mar 2012 [cached]
Jeff Badders of SchenkelShultz told the Jay County Commissioners this morning that environmental work on the expansion site at the corner of Ship and Main streets was "all good" and set tentative dates to bid the construction, which is estimated to cost around $6.5 million.
The target date for submittal of bids will be June 8, with plans to be available to contractors around May 14. Badders plans to hold a pre-bid conference May 27 to handle any questions potential bidders may have.
Badders went through a few requirements with the commissioners, including two separate bonds that bidders must be able to post if they win the project.
Contractors will have to field a 5 percent bid bond, which Badders called "pretty standard."
That bond would help the commissioners recoup money if the winning bidder is unable to handle the job and the county would need to move on to another firm.
The contract will also include a 110 percent bond that would cover performance, labor and materials. While usually 100 percent of the construction cost, Badders said he bumped it up to 110 percent to be safe, since contractors are so hungry for work.
"We''re probably more at risk with the low bidder right now," he said.
Since companies are offering cutthroat rates, Badders said the additional money would help protect the county in the event of mistakes made by potentially less-experienced contractors who may win the project by severely undercutting the competition.
Once the bids are received, the county will have to secure public financing to cover the total $10.25 million expansion.
"We''ll hold the bids for 90 days," Badders said. "That will give you time to go out and get your bonds."
The commissioners told Badders that the dates looked good at first glance, and county auditor Nancy Culy will take care of necessary advertisements.
Jay County Economic Development, 19 Mar 2012 [cached]
"We''re going to roll in the cells in probably about two weeks," said Jeff Badders of SchenkelShultz during this morning''s Jay County Building Corporation meeting. "By that time we should have the roof on."
Badders updated the board on jail progress, saying the construction is on schedule, maybe even a bit ahead of schedule.
Crews are currently working on the roof of the building and Badders said a lot of interior concrete work is wrapped up.
"We''re pretty much done pouring all the floors inside," he said.
In other business, Badders presented board members with three change orders.
Jay County Economic Development, 19 Mar 2012 [cached]
"I don''t see any place we can save $700,000," said Jeff Badders of SchenkelShultz as he reviewed the bid tab.
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