City awards bid for new city hall

CS Construction low bidder

by: Illustration courtesy of Steele Associates Architects  - The new council chamber will seat up to 60 people, and allow both councilors and attendees to view overhead screens during presentations. On one wall, it will feature a mural photo of the area surrounding the city.

   In a special meeting on Dec. 16, the Madras City Council selected low bidder CS Construction of Bend as the general contractor for the Madras City Hall/Police Station project.
   CS Construction, of Bend, which recently completed the Crook County Education Center for Central Oregon Community College, was one of five companies submitting bids on the project. Bids ranged from just over $4 million to just over $5 million, including several alternates.
   The company's bid of $4,041,263 includes all the city's alternates. "We're excited to see the numbers within our ability to construct," said Gus Burril, new Madras city administrator.
   The 14,800-square-foot, single-story facility will be built in the Friendship Park area, at the corner of Fourth and E streets, on a portion of a 4.75-acre parcel owned by the city.
   "It's really exciting that we're this close to breaking ground, and that the bid came back at such a good price, and that we're able to include all the features we had hoped to," said Mayor Melanie Widmer.
   On the chopping block were the decorative river-look pavers that appear to flow from the plaza into the building; the carport for police vehicles; electrical receptacles in the memorial plaza in front of the building; and a sidewalk extension from the corner of the parking lot behind the building to Second Street.
   The bid includes the building, parking lot, veterans' memorial plaza, utilities, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, but does not include office furniture or fencing, which will be purchased separately.
   Burril expects the city to break ground on the project in February. CS Construction will have 300 days from the notice to proceed to complete the project, he added.
   He was scheduled to meet with USDA Rural Development, which is financing the project, on Tuesday, for approval of the bid award documents.
   Jeff Wellman, of Steele Associates Architects, which designed the building and drew up the bid documents, was approved as the resident inspector. "He'll be our advocate on site," said Burril.