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Bid awarded for $1,502,000 for construction of animal pound

Bids for Sheriff’s office also lower than estimated 

The King George Board of Supervisors voted last week on March 17 to award a contract to Gulf Seaboard General Contractors, Inc., in the amount of $1,502,000 for construction of a new county animal pound. 
The best news is that there were numerous bidders and all the qualified bids came in substantially under the cost estimate provide by URS for the construction project, which was $2.75M, for the base bid and the alternate.
Supervisor Dale Sisson pointed that out, saying, “This is a really good-news story.” 
Chairman Joe Grzeika commented that with the amount of the bid, they would get the full build-out to include the alternate of an expanded number of dog runs to 24, instead of 16 as contained in the base bid. 
Supervisor Jim Howard stated, “This is something that we have needed in King George for a long time.”
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry also had good news regarding the bids opened that day for construction of a 42K square foot Sheriff’s Department.
Quesenberry that the bids on the Sheriff’s Department needed to be checked for completeness and accuracy, but the initial tabulation indicated that of the 14 bids received, the apparent low bid came in at $7.335M.
That bid was almost $6M less than the cost estimate of $13M.  The high bid of $8.7M for the Sheriff’s project was also well below the cost estimate.
Both facilities will be constructed at the site planned for a new government center on Route 3, east of Route 205 at Purkins Corner and next to the YMCA.
~ FUNDING    Action was taken on November 4 by Supervisors to approve a resolution for a loan from the Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) for about $25M for the two buildings, in addition to other funds rolled in to refinance a couple of other smaller loan balances.
Grzeika stated, “Again, it is the time, and it is the best use of taxpayer dollars at this time.”
Supervisor Dale Sisson said, “I would never had guessed it would be that low.” 
Grzeika agreed, saying, “That is really astonishing.”
~ OTHER PROJECTS?    The news of the low bids may mean that remaining funding can go toward one or more other construction projects planned by the county. 
Under strong consideration could be expansion of the Smoot Library estimated at $4.5M and/or a new stadium estimated at $3M. 
Sisson said as much, stating, “We have the library expansion and maybe we can apply some of it to the stadium at this point.”
Supervisor Cedell Brooks, Jr., was also interested in what the remaining funds could be spent on, saying, “By saving so much, can we use that money for other things?”
Two other planned government center buildings are also on hold.  Those include an operations center and a health and human services building.
Grzeika directed Quesenberry, saying, “Let us know what our legal abilities are.”
Quesenberry said, “We’ll check that and bring back to the board some options.  There were certain things in that bond issuance that we were restricted to use the money for.”
Grzeika noted that construction prices could now start going up, saying, “If you put out bids now, I don’t think there will be as good as prices were now.  There will be stimulus money out there that will bring it back into more normalcy.”
He added, “We hit it right at the sweet spot.  This one really was a home run.  We rolled the dice on this and it really came out in our favor.”
~ CONTRACTOR    The approved contractor for the animal pound, Gulf Seaboard, is a commercial construction company established in 1982 and located in Ashland. 
The contract is expected to be executed by the end of next week, when the notice to proceed will be given. 
The language in the contract agreement provides for slightly less than 6 months to achieve final completion of the construction project.
The would put completion of the animal pound in the end of September, with the contract providing 127 days to reach substantial and another 45 days to reach final completion.
~ SPECS    Supervisors had reviewed and approved a design in October 2007.  The animal pound will be about 5,500 square feet for the building, along with 24 outside dog runs.
The new pound will replace the existing one. 
Its construction and design will meet requirements of the state veterinarian for such facilities, with floors and walls to resist bacteria growth, 10 air changes per hour for the mechanical system, and a pressure washer system for cleanliness. 
~ BIDS    24 bids were submitted for the animal pound project with two rejected as incomplete.  Gulf Seaboard was selected as the apparent responsible and responsive low bidder out of a total of 24 companies responding.  The bids were opened on March 3.  The bids ranged up to a high of $2,230,000. 
The architectural firm which designed the animal pound, Dominion Seven Architects, recommended the contractor be awarded the bid following a complete review of the contractor’s bid and qualifications.

 

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