As construction of Brookings Emergency Operations Center (EOC) next to City Hall continued this week, the city council Monday withdrew a bid for part of the project and awarded it instead to a second firm, citing a misunderstanding of the work involved.
The confusion is likely due to the city trying to save money by bringing the general contracting in-house and the loose ends involved in preparing the bid, the council noted.
According to building inspector LauraLee Snook, who was sitting in as City Manager Pro-Tem in Gary Milliman's absence, a cabinetry bid awarded to Rivers End Construction will remain in place, but the "miscellaneous accessories" portion of the work will instead be awarded to McClennan Construction.
The change will result in an $11,362 increase in the cost of the building, which is still "safely under the original" estimate of construction of the building, noted Mayor Ron Hedenskog.
The total cost of the center is approximately $466,667.
The structure, under construction on Elk Drive, is different from a 911 center in that it will serve as an area in which emergency personnel can stage and plan in the event of a major disaster.
The city is acting as the general contractor and subcontracting out all the work.Construction is being funded by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant awarded to the city in 2011. Under the terms of the grant, the city must provide a 20 percent local match, bringing the total project budget ,including design and engineering ,to $466,667.
The city was able to save almost $55,000 by opting to act as the general contractor.