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Plenty of bidders on Franklin County emergency services project

April 04, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County had no shortage of bidders Thursday for converting a warehouse at the Cumberland Valley Business Park into the new headquarters for its Department of Emergency Services, a job that will cost approximately $1.3 million if all the low bids are accepted.

Approximately 14,000 square feet of Building 426, now leased by the county for storage, will be converted to house the 911 dispatch center, emergency operations center and offices for GIS mapping, hazardous materials and other functions of the department, County Chief Administrator John Hart said. It will about double the size of the area the department now occupies in the basement of the courthouse annex, he said.

The county received 11 bids for general construction, the lowest being $498,500 from GRC General Contractor of Zullinger, Pa. The highest bid exceeded that by about $180,000, according to bid documents.

Nearly as high were the five bids for electrical work, which ranged from a high of more than $831,000 to the low bid of $419,593, submitted by Midstate Mechanical of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

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The meeting to award or reject the bids was will be at 9:45 a.m. on April 17.

Project manager Marlin Foura of L. Robert Kimball Architects said the project calls for completion 240 days from the notice to proceed. That means the building work could be completed before the end of the year, he said.

Depending on how much money the county has left from two other projects, the Agricultural Heritage Center and the public safety radio system upgrade, Hart said the county will pay approximately $700,000 out of its capital improvements budget for Building 426,

Budgeted at $2 million, the agricultural building could come in about $200,000 less than that, Hart said. The radio project is budgeted at $4.5 million with $4 million from a bond issue and the balance from a state grant, he said.

The final numbers for the radio system project are not known, said Hart.

The security system, emergency generators and switching equipment for Building 426 will be paid for by the Southcentral Pennsylvania Regional Terrorism Task Force, Hart said.

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