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Six bids for Franklin County Courthouse complex project opened

Bids for renovations, expansion range from $1.3 million to $2 million

December 20, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • The old Franklin County (Pa.) courthouse is pictured on the right in this Herald-Mail file photo. An architect told The Franklin County Commissioners Tuesday that the courthouse complex (the old courthouse/annex), a firehouse on North Second Street and the Chambersburg Trust building can be renovated as viable space for future courthouse needs.
Herald-Mail file photo

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners Tuesday opened six general construction bids ranging from $1.3 million to $2 million for renovations and expansions to the courthouse complex.

The bids will be reviewed for a week by the commissioners, county officials, and contracted architects, engineers and project managers. The commissioners plan to award bids on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Although the county is required to select the lowest responsible bidder, it must ensure all bid prices are accurate and bidders understand the scope of work, County Administrator John Hart said.

“We need to talk to them to see who or how they bid,” he said.

The commissioners also included several alternative items in bid documents, so they now have quotes for things like wheelchair lifts, new carpet in the jury assembly room and bullet-resistant panels for enhanced security.

Contractors bid on mechanical, plumbing, electrical and elevator work separately. In all, 18 companies from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia submitted bids.

County officials said the bids were in line with their expectations.

Weather permitting, work can start in early 2012, commissioners Chairman David Keller said.

He said renovations of the so-called junior firehouse building on North Second Street will be one of the first steps, as will demolition of several buildings. The commissioners plan to demolish the former Harmon’s Furniture building on North Main Street and the Rahauser buildings near the intersection of U.S. 30 (Lincoln Way East) and Second Street.

The county has suggested areas for parking of construction equipment and trailers, but that needs to be finalized with the selected contractor, Hart said.

“This is not a minor project,” Commissioner Bob Thomas said.

General construction bids (not including alternate options):
° Brechbill & Helman Construction of Chambersburg, Pa. — $1,668,800
° Building Systems Inc. of Hagerstown — $1,896,000
° East Coast Contracting of New Cumberland, Pa.— $1,870,000
° R.A. Hill Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa.— $1,435,000
° W. Harley Miller Contractors of Martinsburg, W.Va. — $1,325,000
° Waynesboro Construction of Waynesboro, Pa. — $2,034,000

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