PLAINVILLE - During a special meeting Monday, the City Council approved bids for the Wheeler School renovation and high school parking lot repaving projects.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee explained that O&G Industries, the manager at risk for the projects, put out 15 bid packages for various elements of the school renovation such as electrical and plumbing.
“In total, the project is coming in $1.5 million under budget without alternates,” said Lee. “This gives us the ability to add more elements back in if we need to moving forward on the project.”
The council had originally voted to budget $11,408,000 for the project.
Recently, O&G recommended a bidder for the demolition work involved in the renovation of the school. Select Demolition Services, LLC of Salem, New Hampshire was approved by the council.
“The low bid was $658,000, which came in under the estimate that O&G gave us of $750,000,” said Lee. “They will be getting the notice to proceed today (Tuesday). They knew that they were getting the recommendation and were gearing up for the work.”
As for the repaving of the high school parking lot, O&G recommended B&W Paving of Waterford. The paving work had previously been sent out to re-bid after initial estimates from two bidders came in over-budget.
“We ended up reworking the bid package,” said Lee. “We had the same two bidders and B&W’s bid came in $150,000 less than the estimate this time.”
Lee noted that B&W Paving has experience with other projects in town, including the repaving of Northwest Drive and Cooke Street.
The town’s building committee also awarded B&W as the engineer for the project, with their bid coming in at $1,353,000 with three alternates, less than the $1,357,000 expected.
“We expect work on the parking lot to begin after the Fourth of July,” said Lee.
The town has been approved for a 65.38 percent reimbursement on the Wheeler School renovation project.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.