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City is forced to re-bid pump project

Winning bid contained inaccuracies


by: TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - This site, which was annexed to West Linn in 2006, has contained the city's Bland reservoir facility since 1980. The reservoir is a cylindrical, above-ground tank about three stories tall and 42 feet in diameter.Construction of the pump station at the Bland Intertie was put on hold March 17 when the city council voted to cancel a contract with Pacific Construction Resources (PCR) and re-bid the project.

The decision came shortly after city staff discovered an oversight in PCR’s original bid, thus rendering it incomplete and unfit for the project. PCR’s low bid of $514,000 was accepted Feb. 24.

“Really, once the contract was signed and we started moving toward a pre-construction meeting, we quickly realized that PCR had failed to include a very important part of the project in their bid,” Public Works Director Lance Calvert said. “PCR’s final number was off by about $100,000.”

The missing $100,000 was meant to cover “project technical specifications” for the pump station’s control and communications. According to Calvert, PCR mistakenly believed those specifications would be covered by the city.

“A check with other bidders indicates that they did include that cost,” Calvert said. “With the error, PCR was not the lowest responsive bidder.”

The mutual agreement between West Linn and PCR to terminate the contract will cost the city $3,056.54. The city will then re-bid the project, which was originally scheduled to be completed by July 1. Now, Calvert anticipates the project will be completed sometime in August.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and this is a first for me,” Calvert said. “I’m still surprised on occasion.”

The project is part of the city’s six-year capital improvement plan and budgeted at $1.25 million.

The plan calls for housing the pump station equipment inside a 15-foot-tall, 352-square-foot concrete block building located near the southeast corner of the site.

New water lines would connect the pump to the reservoir and distribute water to the Rosemont water pressure zone, which serves 6,451 people, according to the city.

The city’s water system is broken down into four zones. Each zone has a pump station and a reservoir to help manage water pressure. The new Bland Circle pump station will service the Rosemont neighborhood.

The site, which was annexed to West Linn in 2006, has contained the city’s Bland reservoir facility since 1980. The reservoir is a cylindrical, above-ground tank about three stories tall and 42 feet in diameter, according to city records. The plan calls for constructing a new pump station to address increased need with the construction of the Trillium Creek Primary School. A large portion of funding for the project is being paid for through system development charges paid by the school district.

According to city staff, the Rosemont reservoir storage is significantly undersized and redundant water pipeline interconnections are required to overcome this deficiency.

The deadline for the re-bidding process has yet to be finalized, according to Calvert.

To learn more about the project, visit westlinnoregon.gov/publicworks/bland-intertie-pump-station.


By Patrick Malee
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