Fire Station Contract Goes to Low Bidder; Company President Vows "Hands-on" Participation in Project
Town Manager Mark Haddad advised Selectmen that after reviewing the three lowest bidders for construction of the new Center Fire Station, the recommendation from the Building Committee, Building Inspector and Owner's Project Manager (OPM) is to award the project to TLT Corporation, the lowest bidder on the project.
OPM is hired by and works on behalf of the town. The Board and Town Manager relied heavily on his investigation and recommendation. According to Haddad, there were favorable responses to the background check, noting that the comments stressed that the quality of the construction was excellent.
The Wakefield company has extensive experience in municipal construction, but one key for Selectmen was the commitment by Thomas Kostinden, TLT President/CEO, that he will be a hands-on participant in meetings and on the project.
Selectman Chairman Stuart Schulman said he has "confidence in the OPM, if he thinks this is the right way to go and the president of the company is personally involved. The quality is not in question, the timing was." Haddad stressed that the contract, with timelines, deliverables, penalties, etc. will be reviewed in detail by Town Counsel. "Tomorrow we will issue the award to TLT," and the actual contract will follow.
The Board expects that the shovel will hit the ground on the Farmer's Row site sometime in the spring.
Haddad also advised the Board that ELT Corporation has been awarded the bid for demolition and replacement of Fitch's Bridge. The crane that will handle removal will enter the site from the West Groton side of Nashua River, and will necessitate removal of some trees. Haddad said that he will work with the Conservation Commission and the DPW, and expects the bridge to be down by May 1. The replacement bridge, however, won't be available for at least 10 weeks. The crane will not remain at the site, but will return when the bridge is ready for installation.