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School bids arrive below-budget

All four bids the Yukon government received for the F.H. Collins Secondary School reconstruction project have come in under the $38.6-million budget.

By Ainslie Cruickshank on January 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

All four bids the Yukon government received for the F.H. Collins Secondary School reconstruction project have come in under the $38.6-million budget.

The tender closed Thursday.

A Yellowknife-based company, Clark Builders, submitted the lowest bid. at $31.139 million.

Yellowridge Construction Ltd. from Port Moody, B.C., had the second-lowest at $31.989 million.

Nason Contracting Group Ltd. from St. Albert, Alta., submitted the highest bid at $32.655 million.

EllisDon Construction Services Inc., the Edmonton-based company which submitted the lowest bid during the first F.H. Collins tender, submitted the second-highest bid this go-around, at $32.558 million.

The government has 60 days to evaluate the bids before awarding the contract.

However, Kendra Black, a spokesperson for the Department of Highways and Public Works, said she doesn’t believe it will take anywhere near that long.

The contract is still expected to be awarded this winter, with construction scheduled to begin in the spring.

Over the next several days, Highways and Public Works’ staff will examine the bids to ensure they meet the requirements outlined in the tender documents.

If they do, they will be declared compliant, Black explained, noting the department expects to confirm compliant bidders early next week.

The compliant bidders are then evaluated to ensure they meet the experience requirements the tender outlined, including experience building three similar projects in the last five years.

The bidders considered qualified are then ranked by price, with the lowest bidder receiving the highest ranking.

The government will then meet with the highest-ranked bidder to discuss the project at a tender review meeting.

The F.H. Collins reconstruction project has been steeped in turmoil since the government announced last March it was abandoning the original $3.5-million design for the new F.H. Collins after the bids came in over-budget.

The government opted instead for a predesigned model imported from Alberta.

At the time, EllisDon, the lowest bidder, said the original design could have been adjusted to lower the cost by eliminating the requirements for a temporary gym and geothermal heating, neither of which were included in the latest tender.

Documents revealed by the Yukon News through the access to information process suggested the government knew before the tender closed that the budget couldn’t accommodate the added requirements for the gym and geothermal heating.

By Ainslie Cruickshank
Star Reporter

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