BERWICK - Wherever possible, the Town of Berwick believes in keeping things local.
On Nov. 10, town council awarded the contract for the design and build of a new administration building to Roscoe Construction of Cambridge.
In early September, the town issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the project, listing desired specifications for a new building that would house the town hall offices, the Berwick library and office and warehouse space for the Annapolis Valley Regional Library.
The RFP also stipulated that the existing town hall gymnasium be retained for community and recreation purposes.
Chief administrative officer Don Regan told council more than 25 firms had requested the RFP package. Twelve attended a site visit and four firms submitted bids.
The bids were reviewed for compliance to the specifications and scored against the criteria outlined in the RFP, and all four firms were found to be compliant.
“The clear difference was within the pricing, with Roscoe Construction being significantly lower than the other bids,” Regan said.
“(Roscoe) proposes to construct a single-story framed building adjacent to the existing gymnasium.”
The company has “extensive experience” in this kind of construction, having built the current Berwick Fire Hall, the Louis Millett Community Complex in New Minas and the Valley Waste administration building.
The bid price of $1,797,938 plus HST “is very competitive for an office building,” Regan said.
“Factoring in demolition (of the existing building), landscaping and other additional cost elements not included within the RFP, the per square foot price should be around $135 to $140 per square foot.”
Regan said the cost of demolition of the existing town hall, other than the gymnasium, may not be included in the bid price.
“We’ve estimated the cost of demolition as anywhere from $107,000 to $42,000. That may be included in the overall price. We’re not sure, and we’ll have to check.”