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Baldwin contract awarded

Callas Contractors won a $1 million contract to stabilize the Baldwin House complex for the University System of Maryland Hagers

Callas Contractors won a $1 million contract to stabilize the Baldwin House complex for the University System of Maryland Hagers

June 20, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

The state Wednesday awarded a $1 million contract to a Hagerstown company that will stabilize the Baldwin House complex for the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center.

Callas Contractors Inc. is scheduled to begin work July 1 to remove asbestos and lead paint and replace roofs and floors throughout the West Washington Street complex, said Jane Briggs, project manager for the University System.

The bulk of the renovation work, which is to be bid separately, will begin later this year. The state has earmarked $12.4 million for that work.

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The Hagerstown Education Center is to open for classes in January 2004.

Callas' work will keep the long-vacant building from deteriorating further and allow the renovation to proceed smoothly.

Callas' bid of $1,041,000 was not the lowest of three proposals submitted, but the company scored the best on a point-system that ranked the proposals based on both their technical content and price, said James Salt, director of procurement and real property for the University System's Office of Capital Planning.

USA Remediation Services of Warrenton, Va., submitted a $930,000 proposal and Antietam Construction Inc. submitted a $1,055,000 proposal.

The Maryland Board of Public Works, which approves all of the state's construction contracts, voted Wednesday without discussion to give the contract to Callas, a board spokeswoman said.

Even though the remediation work will cost about $200,000 more than was budgeted, Salt said he doesn't think it will pose any problems in completing the project.

Another part of the stabilization work will involve installing new plywood in front of the storefronts, Briggs said.

Briggs said the University System hasn't decided what to do with the weathered mural that is painted on the existing plywood. She said she is looking for ideas to make the new plywood more attractive for the six months to a year it will be visible.

"We are open for suggestions," she said.

The full renovation will restore the turn-of-the-century facade to what it looked like in its heyday.

Inside, the building will look modern, with many of the amenities of new construction.

To keep costs within budget, an old warehouse in the back will be torn down and replaced with an atrium-style addition that will connect the former hotel portion of the complex to the former department store portion.

Modern bathrooms, which would have been difficult and expensive to retrofit in such an old building, will be built into the addition.

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