County officials narrow public safety center contractors to two
Craig — The Moffat County Public Safety Center took one step closer to breaking ground Tuesday.
The Moffat County Board of Commissioners voted to narrow down the list of bidding contractors on the project from five to two.
Sahara Inc. from Salt Lake City, Utah, and PLC Construction Services teamed with Chamberlain Architects, both of Grand Junction, were the two contractors selected.
Representatives from the organizations that will call the safety center home were pleased with the two remaining contractors that had been selected Monday from an interview process. The safety center will house the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department, Craig Police Department, Colorado State Patrol (CSP), the CSP regional telecommunications center and Moffat County Jail.
The contractors impressed officials involved in the selection process.
“I’m extremely pleased with the level of competition,” said Jim Robertson, safety center project manager. “The competition will help to bring in lower bids and should help us to get more for our money.”
According to Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos, all of the contracting groups competing for the project stressed the use of local subcontractors while building the center.
The final two contractors will be expected to come back with a more detailed pitch. They will discuss what they will be able to provide and how they plan to work with designs for the safety center. The final contractor will be chosen by the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday with input from representatives of the public safety center organizations. Raftopoulos is confident either firm is more than qualified to build the safety center.
“I really feel confident that these firms will be able to carry on to the next phase and eventually on to completion of the project,” said Raftopoulos.
All of the contractors said the budget that Moffat County is working with on the project will be challenging to meet, but that project completion dates are obtainable.
Once the final contractor is chosen, Moffat County Attorney Thomas Thornberry will put together a contract with exactly what the county expects for the center. By Sept. 20 the contract is expected to be completed and dirt work will be started soon thereafter. The completion date is expected to be June 2000.
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