SANDOWN – A contractor has been chosen to build Sandown’s new police station, and after some final paperwork is completed work will begin on demolishing and reconstructing the former funeral home and apartment complex at 460 Main St.
The board initially opened two bids for the project in late September, but because the bids came in much higher than expected it was agreed to bring the bidders back to the table and ask them to re-bid an amended scope.
New bids from those two companies, Dube Plus and Excel Construction Management, were reviewed Monday night and the board, after consulting with police chief Joe Gordon and police station building committee members Jerry Lachance and Bob Bogosh, agreed unanimously to go with Excel, the low bidder.
Excel bid $492,636 compared to Dube’s $493,884.
In the first round Excel bid $829,900 and Dube, $699,625.
The new bids are still more than the town has in hand for the project, but this time the figure is within about $40,000.
Selectman Steve Brown noted that not only was the bid price taken into account but also a variety of other information presented as part of the bid packet.
Gordon explained Monday that a lot had been taken out of the project to bring the cost within range of the town’s savings.
The building committee worked with the companies to reduce construction costs by removing some features of the original plans or amending them with less expensive items or approaches.
For example, landscaping was taken out of the scope, concrete block walls in the holding tank were replaced with wood studs and plywood, epoxy paint floors were exchanged for seal coated floors, access to the second floor was removed, two of four combination toilet/sink units for the cells were taken out and other items were looked at for less expensive options.
Gordon and the building committee have also been reaching out to local contractors to help in the work and a few companies have already stepped forward to offer their services at reduced or no cost.
At the end of Monday’s meeting Gordon asked the board to explore the possibility of utilizing end of the year surplus for the project, to bring the amount in hand closer to the bid costs.
Board members agreed to look into the matter and town administrator Lynne Blaisdell said she would take a further look at the numbers.
Selectman Steve Brown said he wasn’t sure there would be money left at the end of the year, as departments had been coming forward with tight budgets in recent years.
“It might be difficult to come up with anything,” Brown said.
Gordon also suggested selling the property initially planned for the police station, a parcel on Main Street closer to the center of town, for money for the station.
Gordon added that because local contractors have stepped forward agreeing to aid the project they might be able to scale the cost back even further.
Following the meeting Gordon said he was happy to have finally completed the initial stages of the project. He had praise for members of the building committee, who have offered their expertise for the project and helped to find reasonable areas to scale back on.
According to a tentative timeline for construction the project is about a week behind schedule, according to Gordon, who was hoping to start demolition the first week of November. Hopes are to have the project completed by April.
The building committee includes Gordon, Lachance, Bogosh, Dean Sotirakopoulos, Paul D’Amore, Tom Tombarello and selectman Terry Treanor as a liaison.