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GREENBACK SCHOOL BIDS OPENED - GRADING & PAVING 

PRELIMINARY BASE BIDS GO TO....

BY: PAT HUNTER

Contractors assembled at the Loudon County Office conference room to open bids and to hear who would be awarded the preliminary bids for the grading and asphalt paving at the proposed Greenback School. The original date of October 25th was extended to October 27th to give everyone ample time to review revised drawings and submit bids.

Preliminary base bids for Bid Package #1- Site Excavation, site storm & site utilities, and Bid Package #2 for asphalt paving were opened today. Sitting at the conference table were Leo Bradshaw, Purchasing and Maintenance Director, Buddy Heins and Patrick O'Hara with Merit Construction (Construction Manager), Jason Vance director of schools, Mike Garren assistant director of schools, Van Shaver, 5th District school board member, and an unidentified person. The local press was not present for the bid openings.

The bids were opened by Leo Bradshaw and Patrick O'Hara assisted Bradshaw throughout the process.

The lowest preliminary bid on Package 1 went to Charles Blalock & Sons for $849,200.00.

The lowest preliminary bid on Package 2 Asphalt Paving went to APAC for $545,963.20. (SEE NOTE BELOW - DISQUALIFIED)

Both bids collectively came at $1,395,163.20 under the estimated budget of $2.2 Million with a preliminary savings of $804,836.80.

Bids will actually be awarded on Monday after all paperwork is inspected to ensure all requirements are met. The next step will be to meet with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and wait for approval from the state agency.

UPDATE (NOV 7, 2011) -- NOTE: REVISED BIDS

Bid Package 02 --  Asphalt  Paving  --  PATTY CONSTRUCTION BASE BID  --  $553,500**

**  Note --  low bid was Harrison/Apac  $545,963.23.   Their Bid price was based on the condition

that it could be changed in accordance with the Bituminous Material Index. At the time of application

of the product. Indexed pricing was not in compliance with Bid Request so this bid was disqualified.

Both bids (Blalock & Patty) collectively came at $1,402,700 according to the Purchasing Dept.

There was no definitive word as to what would happen to the large barn and house located on the Greenback School site.

According to Buddy Heins it will take about eighteen months to build the Greenback School, and sixteen months to build the Ft. Loudoun Middle School barring no bad weather.

                     

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OCTOBER 27-2011