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.
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.