Board approves contract for construction of new city hall building

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 06:13 PM.

Havelock commissioners unanimously voted Monday night to award a $1.8 million contract to build a new city hall.

Marand Builders, Inc. will get the contract contingent on approval of financing by the Local Government Commission.

The Charlotte-based company was one of 11 bidders for the project at an Aug. 13 opening for the project to replace the city’s current 70-year-old city hall. The company’s base bid was $1.66 million, but with six additional alternate jobs, the price comes to $1.86 million. The additional costs include $59,224 to demolish the old city hall, $43,215 for sunshades, $53,031 for connecting canopy and columns, $5,166 for wall laminate, $9,054 for dual fuel system and controls and $34,084 for a new generator.

“That is within the budget,” Finance Director Lee Tillman said in presenting the recommendation to hire the company.

The 9,295 square-foot building was designed by Oakley Collier Architects of Rocky Mount.

It will include room for most of the department heads in the city as well as a commissioners meeting room/courtroom facility. Plans are for the new building to be built on the general footprint of the existing building.

Havelock is receiving a $1.7 million loan and a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to pay for construction.

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