Work begins on Lincoln’s new public works garage

Keith Collins, a supervisor with Nichols Construction Co.,
stands over a partially dug foundation at the Lincoln Public Works
Department site on Park Avenue on Thursday, July 21, 2011.
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Keith Collins, a supervisor with Nichols Construction Co., stands over a partially dug foundation at the Lincoln Public Works Department site on Park Avenue on Thursday, July 21, 2011.
Posted July 21, 2011, at 10:05 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A Hudson-based contractor began work this week on the construction of a new Public Works Department garage that town leaders hope to have finished by the end of November.

Keith Collins, a supervisor for Nichols Construction LLC of Hudson, said about 200 feet worth of concrete footings for the garage’s foundation were poured on Thursday, with work having started two days before.

“We should get the foundation dug next week,” Collins said Thursday. “Everything is rolling along nicely.”

With its offer of $880,498, Nichols Construction LLC of Hudson was the lowest bidder among seven area contractors who sought the opportunity to build the 8,025-square-foot building, which will have three bays capable of holding six vehicles, and six rooms, including an office, a lunchroom, two bathrooms, and storage and building utilities areas.

A major attraction of Nichols’ bid was the company’s pledge to hire three local subcontractors for aspects of the work, town officials have said.

E.H. Graham & Son Inc. of Lincoln will receive $55,750, Lincoln Plumbing and Heating Inc. will get $44,577, and Larry Ham Construction Co. will be paid $64,686 for various tasks, according to the bid Nichols submitted.

Residents voted 178-172 in a special referendum on March 1 to allocate $1.15 million to fund 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 facility on Park Avenue has many structural flaws, some of which compromise worker safety, but several previous efforts to start the process that would lead to the construction of a new garage had failed.

The lowest bid in the first bidding contest was $1.04 million. The garage’s design had been reduced several times in response to residents’ complaints that its original projected cost, $2.4 million, was too high.

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