Public Safety Building – Construction bid on track for lower costs

Above: Bids for constructing the public safety complex came in. As hoped, the bids were lower than this winter’s estimates. (images from PSBC materials)

As I previewed earlier this month, construction bids for the new Public Safety Building came in lower than the Town’s most recent estimates. That puts the Town on track for delivering on intentions shared with voters last year.

In March 2017, Town Meeting voters approved spending more than $22.6 million to construct a Public Safety Building facility. At the time, the Public Safety Study Committee explained that some of that money was a $2M contingency beyond their estimates for the project. Meanwhile, Town officials said they would try to complete the project below estimated costs, though they couldn’t promise that was possible.

As of this month, it looks like they could meet the goal.

Southborough Wicked Local covered this Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen vote on the official construction bids:

The bid for the construction of the town’s new public safety complex to be built on part of the town-owned golf course on Rte. 85 came in about $2.2 million less than expected.

CTA Construction Inc. of Waltham offered a bid of $14.7 million, while the project manager had estimated $17 million.

According to the article, selectmen opted not to take up bid alternate #3 for constructing cruiser canopies. Instead they will continue to pursue options for canopies funded through a solar car port project. (Read the full article here.)

I got confirmation that the board did opt to follow through on bid alternates #1 and 2. Those options totaling an additional $363K will be outside of the PSB budget. The add-ons were to support keeping the golf course open. The work will fall under Articles that were approved by voters at this year’s Town Meeting.

Earlier this month, voters supporting the golf course approved up to $250K in borrowing (for work under bid alternate #2 – $214K), plus up to $646K in CPA appropriations for the Golf Course (which includes the work under bid alternate #1 – $149K).

To see the Town’s summary of bids received, click here.

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