CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Agricultural Heritage Center for Franklin County moved one step closer to reality Tuesday when the Board of County Commissioners opened bids on the project, which is expected to be completed in the spring or summer of 2008.
The county received five bids for general construction, ranging from $2,032,000 by GRC General Contractor Inc. of Zullinger, Pa., to $1,670,000 from Palmer Construction Co. Inc. of McConnellsburg, Pa. The bids, however, included a number of alternate bids that could substantially lessen or increase the cost of the two-story, 14,000-square-foot building.
"These are really good numbers," Steve Ohm, the project manager, said of the bids. Once contracts have been awarded and a notice to proceed issued, Ohm said the project is supposed to take a year to build.
Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said the project is expected to cost about $3 million, including separate contracts for heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical work and an elevator. The county will review the bids and has scheduled April 26 as the day to award or reject them, County Administrator John Hart said.