"I'm not sure what we're going to do at this point," said City Manager George Rodericks. "We need to either do some right-sizing of the project or some phasing of the project to make it work."
He and the other town employees and consultants working on the project will present the City Council with a list of options to consider at its June 20 meeting, he said. That report should be posted on the town's website with the agenda of the June 20 meeting by Friday, June 15.
Among the options are:
• Rejecting all bids and reopening the project for bidding as-is.
• Redesigning the project to reduce the cost before going back out to bid.
• Dividing the project into phases (probably the library, which has its own funding, and the town administration/police building) that could be separately bid.
• Approving a bid with the understanding between the town and the bidder that the town would immediately make change orders that would reduce the cost of the project.
"Or scrap the whole thing and do a design build," Rodericks said, referring to the practice of using the same firm to design and build a project and obtaining a combined bid for the work. "There's lots of things we could do."
The bids were divided into three parts: the administration and police building; the library and renovation of the historic town hall; and site improvements.
The major departure from the estimates provided by Mack5, the consultants hired to manage the project who have been estimating costs throughout the design process, were the bids to build the administration/police building.
The building was estimated to cost $17 million, but the Overaa bid was $38.4 million and the Hensel Phelps bid was $33.8 million.
The library, which Mack5 had estimated to cost $11.8 million, was bid at $10 million by Overaa and $20.9 million by Hensel Phelps.
Site improvements, which the town had estimated to cost $11.4 million, were bid at $8 million by Overaa and $13.9 million by Hensel Phelps.
The three contractors who had been preapproved but dropped out without making bids were XL Construction, Swinerton Builders and Lathrop Construction.
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