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Berkeley County awards flooring contract for new public safety building

August 22, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County Council awarded a long-delayed flooring work contract for the county’s new public safety building to a Winchester, Va.-based company.

The Floor Shop, one of two bidders for the flooring work at 510 S. Raleigh St., bid $127,000 for the materials and installation.

The other company, Lasco Contracting Co. LLC of Sandston, Va., bid $391,200, according to bid results.

County Operations Officer Alan J. Davis said the county met with the low bidder to review the building again to be assured the bid was accurate, given the wide disparity between the proposals.

The Floor Shop also bid $30 per hour to do some concrete patch work that needs to be done as part of the flooring project. Lasco Contracting Co. bid $72 per hour, according to bid results.

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The bid award came on the county’s third request for proposals for the flooring work after failing to attract bidders in previous attempts.

The project has been complicated by the condition of the concrete and concerns about how the flooring would adhere to it.

Davis said a membrane will be applied to the concrete before the flooring is installed to address that concern.

The council on Thursday was separately advised of deficiencies in a newly poured concrete floor in a garage area of what will be the headquarters for the law-enforcement division of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Jim Thompson, the county’s clerk of the works, told council members the deficiency created by the entrapment of water within the slab of concrete could be corrected by milling off a layer with a grinding machine.

Renovations to the former Martin’s Food Market at 510 S. Raleigh St. for the sheriff’s department’s 36,000-square-foot headquarters began in October 2011, and county officials had hoped the project would be completed this month.

— Matthew Umstead

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