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Commissioners reject bids for Greencastle Senior Center work

November 28, 2001

Commissioners reject bids for Greencastle Senior Center work



By STACEY DANZUSO

chbbureau@innernet.net

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Plans to expand and renovate the Greencastle Senior Center will be re-examined after construction bids came in at more than double the available funds.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners rejected all bids for general, plumbing, mechanical and electrical construction on Tuesday. The board received the bids earlier this month.

The county planned to fund the work with a state Office of Aging grant for $150,000, however the bids added up to at least $400,000 for the entire project.

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"We are over what the grant allows us. We will have to go back and work with the architect and revise some drawings and systems," said Kelly Livermore, assistant county administrator.

The project specifications included expanding the 4,000-square-foot center on Antrim Church Road by nearly 1,900 square feet and renovating the bathrooms to make them handicapped-accessible.

The addition would be a large multi-purpose room.

"Obviously, we have to go back to the drawing board," Commissioner Bob Thomas said.

Claude Chesnut Jr., with Cornerstone Architect of Chambersburg, is the project architect.

Livermore said she hopes to have the project rebid by the end of December.

Once a contract is awarded, it will take about three months to complete the work, weather permitting.

Construction could temporarily displace some of the activities at the center.

The county rejected bids from:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Eagle Construction Co., of Greencastle, Pa., which offered a total bid of $311,500. Alternate costs included an additional $11,500 to expand the size of the addition by 240 square feet, a reduction of $13,961 to eliminate some facade work and a reduction of $30,000 to eliminate moveable partitions in the new multi-purpose room.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Kamand Construction, Inc., of Mechanicsburg, Pa., submitted a base bid of $326,500. Its bid would go up $12,800 to expand the size of the addition or decrease $14,000 to eliminate some facade work and $40,000 to eliminate the partitions.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Brim Builders, Inc., of Chambersburg, bid $283,624 on the project. It's bid added $19,320 for the addition and subtracted $14,890 to eliminate some facade work and $30,460 to eliminate the partitions.

The commissioners also opened bids for plumbing, mechanical and electrical construction at the senior center.

Rodney B. Smith Plumbing and Heating of Chambersburg bid $17,250 for the plumbing work and $53,600 for the mechanical work.

Ellsworth Electric of Hagerstown bid $38,700 for the electrical construction.

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