Ben B. Gordy Construction of Midland, Ga., is the sole bidder for the contract to renovate the former Mead Building on Dillingham and Broad into the Russell County Courthouse Annex.
Eufaula, Ala., architect Mike Hamrick of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, the county's architect for the project, said Gordy's bid of $654,000 for the task of turning the 13-year-old former headquarters for Mead Coated Board into a county office building was "an equitable price."
'Our estimate for the work was $760,000, so it came in under estimate for the work that we had looked at, so we felt good about that," Hamrick said.
County Administrator LeAnn Horne requested a meeting between she, Hamrick and Gordy Construction principals Ben and Bubby Gordy to review bid specifications with Chief Building Inspector Richard Sellers and Construction Manager George Worthington. The review has resulted in more than $50,000 in savings on the project since the bid was let.
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"We do not want to take anything out of the project that are going to give the county an inferior building or something that will not hold up," Hamrick said. "We wanted to see if there is anything — whether we can seek an alternate supplier, an alternate ceiling tile or a similar material that we can have some savings on. We're in that process right now, where we're dealing with the low bidder. We're looking at everything from heating and air conditioning control systems to finishes, but most of the renovation is straight forward. "
The Alabama Bid Law allows a city/county to negotiate prior to acceptance of the low bid if there is a single bidder.