Interest high in Glenwood Springs wastewater plant project
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The city of Glenwood Springs has begun the bidding process for the second, and largest, phase of the new wastewater plant.
City Engineer Mike McDill says that the downturn in the economy is working in the city’s favor for what is shaping up to be the city’s largest capital project to date.
“If it goes the way of some of our other projects, we’ve been getting bids as low as 60 percent of what we thought those projects were going to cost one year ago,” McDill said.
For the wastewater treatment project, the city received 19 application packages from interested contractors for the estimated $35 million project, McDill indicated. According to Schmueser Gordon Meyer President and CEO Louis Meyer, that is a huge amount of interest for this kind of project.
“We’ve had more interest on this job than just about any other job that we’ve pre-qualified,” Meyer said. “Nineteen packages is very unusual.”
The city had a pre-qualification process where they solicited statements of qualification from contractors. Application was not limited and any company could submit one. Of the contractors from around the nation and Canada who applied, a panel of a dozen city and SGM employees trimmed the list to seven based on each company’s qualifications and experience.
“These seven clearly stood out as the most qualified,” McDill said.
Five of which are based in Colorado, one from Phoenix, Ariz., and one from Sumner, Wash. And while the contractor may or may not be Colorado based, Meyer is hoping that the majority of the work can be contracted to local businesses.
“We hope that the majority of work will be done by local subcontractors,” Meyer said. “Even though these are general contractors, really the work gets done by subcontractors who are electricians, plumbers, concrete companies. So, we hope that a lot of the subcontractors will be used in the project.”
The city of Glenwood, according to McDill, has a “local preference ordinance” referring to subcontractors in Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield counties. Obviously, the bids will be open to all contractors interested but McDill said that the city would like to see as much local business as possible.
“It’s not like the [contractors] are limited to choosing local contractors,” McDill said. “But we want to give the local contractors every opportunity to participate in the project.”
The project specifications manual and drawings are now available for subcontractors to view in the engineering department located at City Hall at 101 West Eighth Street in Glenwood Springs. Bids from contractors are due back by Oct. 23 with a notice of award anticipated for mid-November.
A complete list of the seven contractors competing for the project can be downloaded at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/departments/publicworks/engineering.htm.
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