June 22, 2018
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Lincoln to seek more bids on public works garage project

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — Dissatisfaction with the first set of bids received has forced town leaders to seek a second round on the construction of the town’s new Public Works Department garage.

The new bids will be due April 28, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said. The first bids were unacceptable, she said.

“They were over budget,” Goodwin said Friday.

Contractors wishing to bid again on the job met Friday with Ames Associates, the architect and engineer of the project, Goodwin said.

Residents voted 178-172 in a special referendum on March 1 to allocate $1.15 million to fund the construction of a new garage on Park Avenue. It was the second referendum on the subject.

Town leaders have acknowledged for years that a new garage is necessary because the current facility on Park Avenue has many structural flaws, some of which compromise worker safety.

The final redesign features an 8,025-square-foot building of three bays that could hold six vehicles and six rooms, including an office, a lunchroom, two bathrooms, and storage and building utilities areas.

With nine companies submitting bids, Benchmark Construction was the low bidder at $1.04 million. Blane Casey Building Contractor was next with a bid of $1.09 million. Nichols Construction was the highest bidder with a $1.66 million proposal, officials said.

The bids were too high because the final price must include several tens of thousands of dollars for architectural and engineering work already done, officials have said.

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