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Wood County opens 911 Center bids

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission will be looking at five contracting companies to pick one who will do the renovation work on the former Suddenlink building to turn it into the new Wood County 911 Center.

Architect Adam Krason, of ZMM Architects & Engineers of Charleston, appeared before the commission Thursday to open the bids and read the amounts to officials. A number of representatives from the bidding contracting companies were also on hand to listen to the proposals.

The commission chose ZMM to design and oversee the renovation of the 18,000-square-foot facility at U.S. 50 and Interstate 77. The commission bought the building in 2020 for $850,000 with plans to adapt it for use as the new 911 center.

Officials have said they are looking at doing a solid block-type structure inside which Sheriff Rick Woodyard has described as a “building inside a building.” This will help fortify the building and make it more secure. They are also going to work to reinforce the roof and the offices inside.

The bids included a base price for the construction work as well as alternate bids for parking lot work and replacing the chainlink fencing around the site that might be done separately depending on available funds. Bulletproof sheeting prices and other materials were also included as well as licensing and bonding information. The bids also included estimates on how long the work will take.

“Construction durations and cost are being impacted by people’s ability to get materials,” Krason said. “911 centers have some very unique code requirements that this project had to meet (in terms of the air systems, utilities, security and more).”

City Construction Co. of Clarksburg put in an initial base bid of $3,331,000 for the building work with alternate bids of $120,000 for paving and $45,000 for the fencing. They estimate it will take 365 days to do the construction work.

United Construction of Parkersburg put in an initial base bid of $3,528,652 for the building work with alternate bids of $112,419 for paving and $62,870 for the fencing. They estimate it will take 540 days to do the construction work.

MCS (Maynard C. Smith) Construction of Charleston put in an initial base bid of $4,097,000 for the building work with alternate bids of $220,000 for paving and $65,000 for the fencing. They estimate it will take 370 days to do the construction work.

Dan Hill Construction of Gauley Bridge put in an initial base bid of $3,676,000 for the building work with alternate bids of $115,000 for paving and $67,000 for the fencing. They estimate it will take 450 days to do the construction work.

Grae-Con Construction of Marietta put in an initial base bid of $3,189,000 for the building work with alternate bids of $160,000 for paving and $65,000 for the fencing. They estimate it will take 395 days to do the construction work.

The commission agreed to take all the bids under advisement to allow Krason to review them. He will return to the commission soon with a recommendation.

“You guys got five good bidders,” Krason told the commission. “Every one of these is a good contractor.

“We can work with any of them. We have worked with all of them successfully in the past.”

Commissioner Jimmy Colombo said he wanted to make sure the parking lot was done properly and in conjunction with the building to address any issues underneath so they do not end up with sinkholes or other problems that could impact the building itself.

“There is nothing worse than having a brand new building with a crappy parking lot,” Colombo said.

Commission President Blair Couch said they might start looking at the project to see if anything cuts can be made to better control costs.

Krason said there were options they can look at in addressing concerns.

“We are trying to be conscientious of the budget when we are looking at the scope,” he said. “These bids are almost exactly what I expected, maybe a little less than what I expected, knowing what the cost of materials have been doing recently.

“We are very happy with the bids and the county will have great contractors to work with.”

Brett Dunlap can be reached at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com

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