CNCC gets 1st glimpse at contractor bids

College officials analyze proposals, will announce their selection by next week

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By the numbers

Contractors’ total bids for CNCC building projects

• Adolfson & Peterson Construction, of Aurora — $15,681,000

• FCI Constructors Inc., of Grand Junction — $15,973,000

• GE Johnson Construction Co., of Colorado Springs — $17,288,000

• Haselden Construction, of Centennial — $15,849,569

• PCL Constructors Inc., of Edwards — $16,607,164

• Shaw Construction, of Grand Junction — $16,805,700

• The Weitz Co., of Grand Junction — $17,594,949

At a Friday gathering, Colorado Northwestern Community Col­lege got another step closer to it latest project.

CNCC officials opened sealed contractor bids presented to them by seven contracting firms that submitted proposals for the college’s building project.

The endeavor is part of CNCC’s plans to build a new Craig campus on Moffat County Road 7, a series of projects that has been in the works for more than a decade.

Set up in Bell Tower’s Room 203, CNCC President John Boyd and project manager Cheryl Slaymaker met with spokespeople of the bidding companies, as well as teleconferenced with other representatives.

Also on the call were representatives of the Grand Junction firm, Blythe Group, which is assisting CNCC in the building projects.

Boyd said the proceedings were intended to let them make sure the bids were all in order, and that they were not planning to award a contract right away.

Bids contained each contractor’s bond for the job, acknowledgment of the contract addendums and base bids for each of the projects entailed in the bidding process.

Each company provided estimates for CNCC’s planned career and technical center, the construction site’s infrastructure and a new academic building, the bid for which included supplements for the purposes of information technology and audio/visual purposes.

Boyd and Slaymaker both noted the structure of the budgets and how close they were in the amounts.

“These bids are all sewn up really tight,” Boyd said.

The apparent lowest bidder was Adolfson & Peterson Construction, of Aurora, with a total bid of $15,681,000. Other bidders included The Weitz Co., of Grand Junction, PCL Constructors Inc., of Edwards, and GE Johnson Construction Co., of Colorado Springs, among others.

Each bid also included the contractor’s estimated time to complete the job, with expected timeframes ranging from 455 to 544 days.

Slaymaker said the college would take the time of completion under consideration while analyzing the bids, but added that the amount of time scheduled for the construction was not a conflicting factor.

“We’ve got an 18-month building window, and none of them really present a problem with it,” she said.

CNCC officials will meet soon to further discuss the numbers and paperwork for each contractor.

Slaymaker said she expected to be able to make an official announcement by the end of next week.

“We really appreciate the work every one has put into the bids,” she said.

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