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Only 1 Bid on $2.2M Sherman School Renovation Comes Within Budget

Salce Contracting in Stratford bids less than $2.2M; all other bids more

The town's Purchasing Department opened bids Wednesday for the $2.2 million renovation and expansion of Roger Sherman School, and only one bid came in within the project's budget.

Salce Contracting in Stratford bid $1,988,000 for the job, which has a scheduled groundbreaking on Aug. 9. The other bids ranged from $2,213,424 from Tomlinson Hawley Patterson of Trumbull to $2,815,500 from Hawley Construction of Danbury.

The bidders broke their bids into two categories - expanding and renovating the Fern Street elementary school's kitchen and administration wing, and improving ventilation in classrooms. The bids did not include three "add alternates," which included improving ventilation in the cafeteria and gymnasium and installing Energy Recovery units on the school's roof.

Sherman's renovation can't exceed its budget because the school is in a flood plain, and Federal Emergency Management Agency regulations require that the cost of renovations to any structure in a flood plain be less than 50 percent of the structure's appraised value. Otherwise, the entire structure has to be brought up to current FEMA regulations, which, in Sherman's case, would involve either elevating the school or building a dike around it.

The town doesn't have to select the lowest bidder; the town has to select the lowest qualified and responsive bidder.

The construction timeline on Sherman School calls for the town to award a contract for the job on July 21 and for contracts to be signed July 28.

The groundbreaking would take place Aug. 9, followed by an Oct. 1 deadline to finish the kitchen addition, an Oct. 15 deadline to finish the administration addition, and a Dec. 5 deadline to finish interior renovations to the administration wing. Ventilation work in classrooms would start June 23, and the entire project is slated to be done Aug. 25, before the start of the 2012-13 school year.

Sherman's renovation will be an "occupied renovation," similar to the renovation at Stratfield School but smaller in scope.

Bids opened Wednesday were:

A. Secondino & Son of Branford:

Kitchen and administration work - $1,480,000

Classroom ventilation and improvement work - $894,000

Total - $2,374,000

Total with three add alternates - $3,105,000

Gennarini Construction of Bridgeport:

Kitchen and administration work - Not completed

Classroom ventilation and improvement work - Not completed

Total - $2,395,000

Total with three add alternates - $3,000,000

Hawley Construction of Danbury:

Kitchen and administration work - $1,915,500

Classroom ventilation and improvement work - $900,000

Total - $2,815,500

Total with three add alternates - $3,423,800

L. Holzner Electric of Bridgeport:

Kitchen and administration work - $1,514,000

Classroom ventilation and improvement work - $1,075,200

Total - $2,589,200

Total with three add alternates - $3,255,200

Salce Contracting of Stratford:

Kitchen and administration work - $1,777,000

Classroom ventilation and improvement work - $211,000

Total - $1,988,000

Total with three add alternates - $2,680,000

Tomlinson Hawley Patterson of Trumbull:

Kitchen and administration work - $1,660,068

Classroom ventilation and improvement work - $553,356

Total - $2,213,424

Total with three add alternates - $2,725,333

Wernert Construction of Cos Cob:

Kitchen and administration work - $1,500,208

Classroom ventilation and improvement work - $807,805

Total - $2,308,013

Total with three add alternates - $2,956,534.

E.B. WALSH July 14, 2011 at 02:26 PM
With a bid that low- someone left something out big time- the town would be wise to really review all the bid items to be sure there are not corners cut in project to meet an out of the ordinary low bid. The town would also be wise to have a certified independant construction estimator review this project- for a few hundred dollars they can be more assured they got the right price. The American Society of Professional Estimators could help you out.
julie criscuolo January 19, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Construction Fraud is prevalent. Root out potentially fraudulent Contractors. Start by visiting http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/PartySearch.aspx to determine existing litigation. Also, Great advice. E.B

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