Construction bids come in less than expected

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 06:36 PM.

Nicholas Wade, of Oakley Collier Architects, said he expected construction to take about nine months. The building would include load-bearing metal studs, steel columns and wood pre-constructed trusses.

"We could be in it at this time next year," Havelock City Manager Jim Freeman said.

Officials were pleased the bids came in slightly less than what the architect had forecasted last year.

"We try really hard to get it right," Architect Timothy Oakley said. "Our clients put a lot of faith in the budget numbers we give them."

He said the number of bidders on the project was an indicator of the present economy.

"I think it says that there is still a lot of room for growth in our economy and that the contractor base is still hungry," he said. "It’s still a great time for a client that has a project to bid. The prices are still aggressive and you can see on the bid tab that they are all very close."

Marand Builders put in a bid of $59,224 for tearing down the current city hall building. Wade said that cost could be added to the base bid, as well as various other peripheral alternatives that the city board could elect to have done. The bids included only the brick and mortar portion of the building.



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