Construction Management Representative Richard Mitchell of Codell Construction Group provided members of the board with a bid tab with all bids, recommending the lowest bidders be selected for the work.
Though given a construction budget of $8.3 million, Administrative Office of the Courts Representative Vance Mitchell said, “In meeting with the budget department in the AOC, CMW Architects and with Codell, we have found ways to value engineer the project to save $300,000. That allows us to keep our five percent minimum contingency within our guidelines. The bond market is looking good, so we can get our bonds sold and go forward from there. Time is of the essence to sell bonds.”
Richard Mitchell said that once the board awarded contracts, he would send notices to proceed to winners, conduct a pre-construction meeting on the tentative date of August 22, and projected a start-of-demolitions date on September 3. “We’ll speak to the general trades company who we have worked with on other projects. If we give them a notice to proceed, they can remove certain items from the old courthouse and get a jump start on demolitions.”
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