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Bids for senior center prompt optimistic views

January 30, 2002

Bids for senior center prompt optimistic views



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - By changing the scope of plans to add to and renovate the Greencastle, Pa., Senior Activity Center, the county hopes the project will finally move forward.

In November, the Franklin County Commissioners rejected the bids for the work, which were more than double the anticipated cost.

The project still calls for adding a 1,900-square-foot addition to the 4,000-square-foot center on Antrim Church Road and renovating the bathrooms to make them handicap accessible, according to Claude Chesnut Jr., an architect with Cornerstone Architect of Chambersburg.

Now, however, designers have eliminated some renovations to the existing center, including a buffet line, lounge and private office, and expect only to complete the shell of the addition at first, Chesnut said.

"We will look in-house at what Property Management can finish and phase in the rest," Assistant County Administrator Kelly Livermore said.

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The addition eventually will be a large multi-purpose room.

The county has a $150,000 state Office of Aging grant to use for the project and $22,000 in other grant money, County Administrator John Hart said.

The commissioners on Tuesday received five bids for the general construction of the new project ranging from about $140,000 to almost $200,000. The original bids for construction topped $300,000.

The low bid came from GRC General Contract Inc., in Zullinger, Pa., which bid $140,375.

The county received an additional four bids for plumbing construction on the center ranging from $11,600 to almost $34,000.

The low bid came from Allegheny Plumbing & Heating in Greencastle.

Five companies submitted bids for mechanical constructions at costs ranging from $29,250 by Rodney B. Smith Plumbing & Heating in Chambersburg to more than $61,000 from a Bedford, Pa., company.

Those bids only included work in the existing facility, and contractors were asked to add a second estimate for mechanical construction to the addition, which ranged in price from almost $22,000 to $35,000.

The final bids were for electrical work to the existing facility, with three companies bidding between $15,000 and $51,000.

Frank B. Lesher Co., Inc., of Chambersburg, submitted the low bid of $15,000. Electrical work to the addition will cost an additional $4,000.

The county solicitor and Chesnut will review the bids to see if they are in compliance with the specifications the county set. The commissioners will award or reject the bids Feb. 12.

While the project could still cost more than the grants could cover, it is expected to move forward.

"I think we will find a way to do it," Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said.

"We are realizing county funds, whether directly or indirectly through the work force, will have to be a part of this to get it done," Elliott said.

Once a contract is awarded, Chesnut said it would take about three months to complete the work.

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

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