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Bidding begins for government center work

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting last Tuesday evening to open bids for the Purdue Extension Office building and the Health and Education Services building on the old hospital campus in Corydon as part of the local government center project.
Commissioner Terry Miller, Monday night at the county council meeting, said the bids returned nearly $1 million below the engineer’s low bid estimate. Miller said he attributes the low costs to the economy and to the high number of participating construction companies.
Project manager Bret Dodd, of RQAW Corp., opened 18 bids for the Extension building and 17 for the health building. The facilities were formerly the medical office buildings near and attached to the old hospital.
The buildings became vacant when the new Harrison County Hospital was built between Corydon-Ramsey Road and S.R. 337 in Corydon. The old hospital property was for sale for a period of time before the county decided it could make use of it.
The $13 million-to-$15 million plan was put in motion when Dodd’s firm completed a space-needs study for the county, which concluded government office space was an immediate and significant need for Harrison County.
The bulk of the plan will be paid for by a $9 million grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation to be replenished by the county’s Community Fund. The rest of the funding will be drawn from riverboat gaming funds, CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) monies and the Rainy Day fund.
The two buildings, along with the newest portion of the old hospital, will be remodeled and will become the home of a number of county agencies in the next year or two.
Bids for the Purdue Extension building ranged from $951,000 (Dieg Brothers Construction Co. in Evansville) to $1,321,500 (Corbett Construction Co. in Louisville).
The shortest construction duration bid was from EH Construction LLC in Brooks, Ky., with 84 days. The next shortest was 95 days (Sullivan Corp. in Noblesville). The longest was 300 days (Parco Construction Inc. in Louisville).
Bids for the Health and Education Services building ranged from $1.4 million (EH Construction) to $2.1 million (Lyca Construction Co. in Louisville).
The shortest construction duration bid was 112 days from Deig Construction. The next shortest was 150 days (Sullivan Corp.).
The board will open bids tonight (Wednesday) for the government center (hospital wing), demolition of the oldest portion of the old hospital and for the asbestos abatement at a special meeting at 6:30 at the courthouse in Corydon.
The asbestos abatement and removal could cost triple the amount originally estimated. Dodd told the board in November that to mitigate the naturally occurring toxic silicate mineral, it may cost between $800,000 and $900,000.
The next regular meeting for the board will be Monday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the courthouse in Corydon.