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Second library bid offers large savings

ALBANY, Ga. -- Patience, it appears, turned out to be quite a virtue for the Dougherty County Library Board ... $300,000 worth of virtue, to be exact.

After going through what board members called a flawed bid process to get a contractor on an extensive special tax-funded renovation project at the county's Central Library branch, the board voted last month to rebid the project. And while results won't be official until later today, preliminary bid results show the Bainbridge PDC Construction firm's $3,285,300 base bid came in $300,000 lower than the lowest original bid.

Bids for the project were opened Tuesday at the Northwest Library branch.

"This is wonderful; clearly I think we made the right decision in rebidding the project," Library Board Chairman Walter Kelley said after the bid opening. "By calling for a rebid, we delayed the project only a couple of months, but in the process we saved $300,000."

That, the architectural project manager said, came with an additional $50,000 in work added to the scope of the project for the rebid.

"It's not often you get a savings that big with a rebid, especially when you've added to the project," Jeffrey Harper with the Columbus-based Hecht Burdeshaw Architects firm said. "It's unusual, but it worked out well in this case for the county's library system."

Voters approved some $5.5 million in funding for the project, and interim Library Director Mike Dugan said funds beyond construction costs would be used for the purchase of furniture and other essentials.

"Of course, we don't know at this point what the actual costs will be," Dugan said. "What is apparent is that we're at a point where we need to move forward. The Library Board will vote on this bid at its March 18 meeting, and if there are no issues I expect we'll proceed very quickly."

PDC Construction's base bid was $53,900 less than next-closest bidder, LRA Constructors of Albany, which bid $3,339,400. The five other bids on the project ranged from Quillian Powell Construction Co.'s $3,355,000 to JCI Contractors' $3,775,000. Other companies that bid on the project were Anderson Construction Co., CGM Construction Group and Kinney Construction Co.

County Commissioner John Hayes, who serves as a member of the Library Board, attended the bid opening and said he's pleased with the outcome.

"With SPLOST, we always want to do what the taxpayers agreed to do," Hayes said. "I'm still a little cloudy on some of the issues with this bid because I came to it late, but, bottom line, it's our duty to make sure we're good custodians of citizens' resources. They expect it and deserve it."

Hayes said that while he's pleased to see the Central Library bid process completed, he expects to discuss the 2012 closing of two branches in Southeast Dougherty County further.

"It's important to get the library in our central business district up and going as quickly as possible," he said. "We've essentially closed two branches and have another operating at about half capacity. Like everyone else, I'm looking forward to seeing this (renovation) get under way.

"I'm also looking forward to coming to some kind of resolution about the two closed libraries, about trying to reopen at least one of them. I'm still getting heat in the community to provide library access to the population there. I'm looking forward to finding ways to achieve this goal without it negatively impacting our taxpayers."

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

Let's make sure we don't have another Federal Courthouse Abortionary Catastrophe on our hands.......OK?

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Amazed2 1 year, 1 month ago

Kind of like hiring the cheapest brain surgeon! Would you do that and expect the chances of success to be equal? Possible i guess. Contractors are very competitive these days so for someone to be $300,000 low on that size project they have to be cutting corners somewhere. Also why did Dougherty County hire an Architect from Columbus?? Makes no sense?? That alone causes local contractors to up bid when they have to deal with new and unfamiliar Architects.

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VietVet1 1 year, 1 month ago

Looks like they trimmed the kick-backs. Now to see the finished product.

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waltspecht 1 year, 1 month ago

Accountability, and contract control and monitoring are what is necessary to accomplish a project at a bid price. Admiral Rickover was hated by Electric Boat and several ship yards because he demanded accountability, and used his people to track all the work.

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Amazed2 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes I fully agree contract management and control are what gets the intended scope done. In this case we hav an out of town architect and engineer so unless they hire a person locally to monitor The work they will most likely make weekly visit. ?? Did they take bids for Architect too??? Why Columbus??

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chinaberry25 1 year, 1 month ago

In construction, you usually pay for what you get. Using out of towners will cost in the long run. Wait and see.

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Kenny36 1 year, 1 month ago

What about the ones that they closed down ?

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WeAreThey 1 year, 1 month ago

Hope this GC is thoroughly checked out before this is awarded. Looks like they also won, yesterday, the new fire station for $900,000. Anyone ever heard of this company? That's $4M+ in one day to the same GC. Strange coincidence...

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Amazed2 1 year, 1 month ago

I think PDC has been around a while just apparently not been biding too much in our immediate area. I guess I am concerned as much about the bidding process as anything. First the Architect puts out a Bid Package that is apparently not really what the project is intended to be and then the interested Contractors have to BID that and basically SHow their hand with Bids. Then the Architect and OWNer review those and say OH too high so we are now going to change it all up and now that you have given your pricing for public info to any and all we want you to actually Bid on what is really wanted. My problem is I think this is unfair to the bidders. It also invites in CUT Throat pricing tactics by some bidders and invites the LOW Ballers in. We somewhere a LOW Bidder had to make up the LOW BId. Sometimes they are simply cheaper and sometimes maybe more efficent but moat time not. They just ARE FORCED by the LOW BALL bid to try to SAVE themselves from loosing all that Money. So who in the end really wins. YES the Architect managed to twist and squeeze the bidders but at somepoint the owner gets the end product from the LOWEST and CHeAPEST Bidder who had to try to avoid losing hit BUTT. So the Owner ends up with this process to live with his end product for the life of the facility. Again at to a certain extent you get what you bought.

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