LIMA — The Rhodes State College board of trustees unanimously selected The Spieker Co. of Perrysburg to be the general contractor of the Center for Health Science Education and Innovation which will be located on Lima’s Town Square.
Their overall bid of $13,337,800 is 6.5% less than the original estimate.
There were six bidders total for the project — The Spieker Co. ($13,337,800), Mosser Construction ($13,808,000), Tuttle Construction Inc. ($14,247,000), F.H. Martin Constructors ($14,499,000), Cleveland Construction Inc. ($15,252,000) and the R.W. Setterlin Building Co. ($15,329,000).
Under state law, the two lowest bidders have two business days to review their bids and if they find a math error, they may withdraw should they choose. Both contractors indicated they do not intend to withdraw.
Also under state law, the lowest bid must be awarded the contract.
“Well, we have to go with the lowest bid,” said board president Jane Krites. “What we’re taking a lot of pleasure in is the fact that Munger and Munger (Architects) feel really good about the bids that came in, and having the experience of working with a company that has the two lowest bids.”
Hal Munger with Munger Munger Associates Architects Inc. says the timing of the bids was good for the college.
“It’s a really good time to bid. It’s a time when an owner can get the most value for their dollar. The contractors at this time of year are trying to line up their workforce for the summertime and the construction season. It looks like they can start in the spring. So that’s the ideal time to start a project and they have lots of good months to build it before they need to encounter the bad weather,” said Munger.
Several state regulatory agencies still have to approve the contract. The final hurdle is coming up on Feb. 24 when it’s considered by the State Controlling Board.
“This is an exciting day for Rhodes State College,” said Cynthia Spiers, president of Rhodes State College. “It’s an exciting day for the city of Lima and a very exciting day for the health community in the surrounding areas. We have a lot of technology that is going to be new. We’ve had some of the smaller hospitals ask if they can even come in and bring some of their incumbent workers because they haven’t worked on technology like we’re going to bring into Lima, Ohio. So we’re really excited about being able to turn dirt, hopefully in March and then be able to move on and begin teaching in 2021.”
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