TOMVAC bids higher than expected

By Mark Reynolds
Posted 7/6/22

Marlborough Supervisor Scott Corcoran said the town has received all four bids for the TOMVAC rehabilitation project for the heating and air-conditioning, plumbing, general construction and …

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TOMVAC bids higher than expected

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Marlborough Supervisor Scott Corcoran said the town has received all four bids for the TOMVAC rehabilitation project for the heating and air-conditioning, plumbing, general construction and electrical.

The low bidder for the General Construction work, which includes siding, roofing, the interior, the framing and sheetrock was from WND Construction for $522, 520. Corcoran said there are two alternates that are under consideration that WND broke out in separate bids: a cupola on the roof for $31,250 and a second alternate, to provide steel roofing on the front porch for $18,790. If the Town Board approves the alternates, the costs would be added to the base bid of $522,520.

Corcoran said that engineer Bill Bell will be checking all of the credentials and references of WND Construction and will submit his recommendations to the Town Board.

Corcoran noted that there were two other bids for this part of the project; one from Barone Construction Group for $1.18 million. Their cupola bid was for $25,000 and the front porch roofing was $5,500. The third company to bid was Vinco Builders with a base bid of $1.69 million and the cupola for $60,000 and porch roofing at $24,000.

The low bid for the HVAC was from DJ Heating and Air Conditioning, a local company, for $217,800. Corcoran said this was a little higher than anticipated but it is close to the town’s upper limit of $200,000.

There was only one bid for the electrical work that was submitted by Upstate Electrical for $169,511.

Corcoran said the plumbing bid of $442,000, “was out of the ballpark,” as the town was looking for estimates in the $150,000 to $170,000 range. This part of the project is currently being rebid, with a bid opening set for July 21.

Corcoran said if the other three low bidders come back as positives from our engineer, then the town will start moving forward with contracts with them. These three base bids, without the plumbing bid and any alternates, totals $909,831.

Corcoran said he always anticipated that the bids could be between $900,000 to $1.1 million. Initially, he thought they could get the entire project done for $800,000, which the town has received through the efforts of several county/state officials. But with inflation costs hitting 30 to 40 percent, he knew the overall cost of the project could top $1 million.

Presently, Corcoran estimates that the building fund has $150,000 in it that can be utilized for this project. He said instead of bonding for any difference, he intends to ask the Town Board to approve taking money from the town’s General Fund and transferring it into the Building Fund to cover any final costs.

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