The plan to remodel and expand the law enforcement center in Redwood Falls moved to the next stage Tuesday morning when the project was officially approved by the Redwood County Board of Commissioners as it unanimously awarded a construction bid.
In a telephone conference with John McNamara of Wold Architects, which opened the bids April 23, the county board heard about the four bids which were submitted for the project.
“Three of the bids were pretty tight,” McNamara, said, adding the two lowest bids were submitted from “local” contractors.
The low bid was submitted by Salonek Construction, Inc. The bid to do the work was $3,783,900, with a bid alternate for a skylight replacement of $10,000.
Everstrong Construction of Redwood Falls submitted the next lowest bid at $3,936,114, with an $8,500 added for the alternate.
The bids came in higher than the architect’s most recent estimate of $3,495,000 for the construction portion of the project.
“So, we’re about $300,000 over the estimate,” said Kokesch, who added the bid “looked pretty good.”
With the bid awarded the next step in the process is to sign the contract with Salonek and then to host a pre-construction meeting to discuss the next steps toward getting the project done.
McNamara said it still looks to be finished by March 2014.
In addition to approving the bid for the project the county also approved a contract with Great Plains Natural gas for the re-alignment of a gas line at a cost of $20,931 and a contract with NU-Telecom for the realignment of fiberoptic cable at a cost of $6,675.
In other action, the county board:
• Accepted a $100 donation to the Red-wood County Sheriff’s Department from the Renville Police Department which utilized the departments K-9 unit during a search at the school. Nothing was found.