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Bids opened for work on Antrim Township complex

February 21, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors opened bids Tuesday for its proposed multimillion-dollar municipal government complex on U.S. 11 south of Greencastle.

Supervisors opened six separate contract bids for construction of the main building and garage, mechanical work, electric, plumbing, construction of the equipment building and the salt storage facility.

Township Manager Ben Thomas said the project has an estimated median cost of $4,608,600.

Architect Jennifer Greenlee from Newcomer Associates of Chambersburg, Pa., said eight companies bid on the project including Waynesboro (Pa.) Construction, Callas Construction of Hagerstown and Palmer Construction of McConnellsburg, Pa.

The board did not accept or discuss any bids Tuesday night, but it did vote down two bids.

The board chose to vote against the $735,000 mechanical bid and the $482,695 plumbing bid of Eshenaurs Fuels Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa., because the company was the only one to put in for the contracts.

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Township Solicitor John Lisko said by voting down the bids, the board could reopen the process for mechanical and plumbing and hopefully gain more interest.

"If no one bids again, you can award the contract to the company of your choice," he said. "They (Eshenaurs) can always rebid if you vote them down now."

Greenlee said five of the six contracts received bids, with electrical being the only contract with no interest.

Thomas said that while no bid was made for the electrical contract, a few companies expressed interest after the deadline in the project's electrical work.

The lowest bid for the main building and garage was made by Palmer Construction and came in at $4,380,000. Geesaman and Rock Construction (GRC) of Zullinger, Pa., bid the lowest for the equipment building at $112,500, and Franklin Builders of Chambersburg, Pa., had the lowest bid for the salt storage facility at $204,000.

The township theoretically could hire a different company for each of the six contracts, Thomas said.

The board voted to readvertise for the plumbing, mechanical and electrical contracts, and set a bid deadline of March 20.

Lisko said he will review the other bids for any legal discrepancies and present his assessment to the board at its March 27 meeting.

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