In other city business, the council also approved the contract with Cooley Construction for the new animal shelter. Terry Tevis, principal architect, said the upgrade provides a substantial increase in capacity and improved holding conditions for the animals. The existing animal shelter will remain open during construction.
Tevis worked with local architect Barrett L. Williamson on the design. Bids were ranked by a committee that found Cooley Construction as the lowest and best.
“We weren’t committed to taking the lowest bid,” Tevis said. “We wanted to take the bid that gave the best value.”
After the bids were open, the owner of Cooley called and said he needed to make two corrections in the bid. Cooley was still the lowest and highest ranked.
Bids came in higher than expected, and $179,000 will be used from the Capital fund balance to make up the difference. City Manager Steve Lewis said there are ample funds in that account, which have been held back for this and other city projects. Lewis said change orders and unexpected costs always come up and the city prepares for that contingency.
“I think this is a prudent move, and I think this is a good resolution to this project,” Lewis said.
Value engineering identified areas for cost savings in the animal shelter.
“Value engineering is never a favorite topic for architects,” Tevis said, but in this case, identified items for reduction can be added later or may not be needed at all. Signage will be reduced, for example, and can easily be added later. Using chain link fencing instead of concrete block is cheaper and allows for ventilation when it’s hot outside, Tevis said.
The council unanimously approved the contract.