Lincoln hires Bangor firm to design garage

Posted June 15, 2010, at 11:32 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A Bangor engineering firm will earn $68,850 to design a new Public Works Department garage and, if voters approve, oversee its construction, town officials said Tuesday.

The Town Council voted 7-0 on Monday to approve hiring AMES A/E Architect & Engineers of Bangor to handle all engineering services for the garage’s replacement. There was little discussion.

Ames was the low bidder for the job, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.

“The cost played the biggest factor. They are a very reputable firm, as were all the applicants. It was a tough decision to make,” Goodwin said Tuesday.

James W. Sewall Co. of Old Town bid $85,600; Foresight Engineer of Lincoln, $88,000; and Plymouth Engineering of Plymouth, $79,500, town Treasurer Gilberte Mayo said.

Councilors generally have agreed for many years that the building on Park Avenue needs renovation or replacement. The garage has or has had a leaky roof and its sides bleed heat because of a lack of insulation. It also lacks workspace, a lunch area for workers and storage space.

Voters narrowly rejected replacing it with a new structure for $675,000 in a November 2008 referendum. The vote was 1,175 to 1,117.

The garage is one of several town buildings councilors are considering replacing or building. They also are considering building the town’s first recreation and community center off Route 6 and relocating the town office. No plans have been voted on, nor have any timelines been set.

In voting to hire AMES, councilors chose to support building a new garage in response to a report by Applebee Engineering P.A. of Bangor in February that the garage should be replaced rather than renovated.

Applebee’s firm spent about two months assessing the 40-year-old building to determine the costs associated with its repair, renovation or replacement. It was hired in late October.

“It would not be any cheaper to renovate the building,” Goodwin said. “We want to build something of the same size but with an improved layout for increased efficiency. I want it to be able to meet the future needs of the community.”

Construction will not occur unless voters approve it in the November referendum or a special vote, Goodwin said.

Applebee Engineering set the new building’s cost at as much as $1.75 million, but Goodwin said she was confident that it could be done for much less than that.

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