MTFR station construction delayed
- Published: September 20, 2018
The timeline for construction of the new fire station on the south side of town has been pushed back several months as the township seeks new bids for the $4.9 million project.
After the Miami Township opened the bidding process in mid-June, only one bid was made, and it was for more than $1 million over the designated cost, Township Trustee Don Hollister said in a recent interview.
“We had to reject it,” Trustee Chris Mucher said in a separate interview.
“We had to step back and see what needed to change” about the project to attract more bids as well as bids within the desired budget,” Mucher said.
“We’ve refined and redefined the bid,” he said, going on to explain that the architectural design, completed by MSA Architects of Cincinnati, included “about 30 items they felt we could change or modify” to reduce the cost.
They were able to achieve $175,000 in savings through such modifications as changing and reducing the number of light fixtures and other design options, Mucher said. And they can save up to another $150,000 offering “alternatives” to other features, such as eliminating skylights, if anticipated costs remain too high, Mucher said.
The modified project will be advertised beginning next week, with the expectation of receiving bids by mid-November, he said.
“Hopefully we’ll award the contract in mid-December.”
Mucher said trustees hope the late-fall timeframe will also help bring bids down with more potential competition between construction firms looking for new jobs.
Trustee Hollister said that the local project was among others in Ohio with bids coming in at $1 million over the advertised amount this summer.
“I think it’s an economic comment,” he said.
“When [firms] are putting in bids, they’re for work over the next year.” With the recent “tariff and trade war uncertainties, there’s not a fixed price, so they’re nervous.”
Voters in May 2017 approved a 2.4-mill, 30-year bond issue to construct the new station. The bond is anticipated to raise about $5.75 million. The $850,000 difference from the $4.9 construction costs is to pay for other related expenses, including architect, engineer, attorney and other council and advisor fees, Mucher said.
The station will be located at 1001 Xenia Ave., on land formerly occupied by Wright State Physicians and owned by Wright State University.