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Lewis office building bids come in around $9 million


LOWVILLE — Construction bids on the proposed Lewis County office building project have come in at around $9 million.

Legislature Chairman Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan, said the projected cost for a two-story, 45,000-square-foot building on outer Stowe Street turned out about where officials had expected.

Following the bid opening, county officials worked with Rick W. Tague, president of Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, to determine the percentage of the proposed building that would be reimbursable through state Department of Social Services funding so financial advisers could come up with an accurate financing schedule.

“We need to run the numbers now,” said Legislator Philip C. Hathway, R-Harrisville.

Lawmakers are slated to meet at 9 a.m. Monday to more closely analyze project details to help determine whether they are prepared to move forward.

If so, construction is projected to start in mid-October and be completed by the end of October 2014.

The total base price came in at $8.84 million, while several add-ons would push the total to $9.03 million.

Apparent low bidders were as follows: Bette & Cring, Watertown, at $4,771,500 base or $4,836,500 with alternates for general construction; Burns Brothers Contracting, Potsdam, at $1,020,000 for mechanical and $357,000 for plumbing; Jordstat Construction, Alexandria Bay, at $977,138 for electrical; and Acts II Construction, Gouverneur, at $1,717,000 base or $1,836,000 with alternates for site work.

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