The Porter County
Board of Commissioners awarded bids for renovation at the Porter County Expo
Center at a special meeting on Tuesday for $85,000 in savings on the
The Board awarded a
total of $3,203,696 to seven companies in eight bid categories. Skillman
Corporation, the County’s agent in the projects under the umbrella of the
Commissioners’ $30 million capital improvements plan, vetted 28 bids to
recommend the low, responsive bidders. Dion Katsouros, senior project
manager with Skillman, reported the numbers.
Skillman went over the bid package with the chosen bidders in the week
between opening bids and awarding them to make sure the bidders fully
understood the scope and expectations for the project.
was awarded the contract in the general trades category for $796,959 and the
metal, studs, and drywall category for $398,792. The contract in the roofing
category went to E.C. Babilla for $230,645. The contract in the flooring
category went to Midwest Tile and Interiors for $322,638. The paint and wall
coverings category went to Oosterbaan and Sons for $136,900. The plumbing
category went to Keough Mechanical for $41,389. The Mechanical category went
to D.A. Dodd for $722,223, and the electrical category went to Continental
Work on the Expo
Center begins August 8. Commissioner President Jeff Good, R-Center, noted
that the total cost of the project came in $85,000 under budget.
The Board also
released the second bid package for renovations on the Porter County
Courthouse in downtown Valparaiso. Katsouros said the second bid package
includes interior updates to the restrooms and exterior work on the north
side of the building removing planters and trees. The project will also
involve improving the secured parking lot for judges by replacing fencing
and rethinking the entries and exits. Katsouros expects to receive bids for
that August 7 and award them August 14. Construction can then start the
first week of September.
Work on the North
County Complex, including the construction of a North Annex building the
Commissioners will share with the Portage Food Pantry and the Portage
Township Trustee, can begin as early as October 1 if the bids are advertised
on August 20 and contracts are awarded September 18, as Skillman has
planned, Katsouros said.
The North Annex
project will be split into two bid packages, as the work on the Courthouse
was. The second bid package for the North Annex will be advertised and
contracts awarded in January for construction to start as soon as February.
“Right now, we’re
basically right on schedule. We’re hitting all our dates. We’re hitting all
of our milestones,” Good said.
The Board approved
extending the lease for the Porter County Health Department’s office at 3630
Willowcreek Road in Portage.
Good said the move
will give the Health Department a home while its new space in the North
Annex is planned out and constructed. County Attorney Scott McClure said the
lease has a 90-day early termination period allowing the Commissioners to
end the lease as soon as they know when the new space is ready upon giving
the lessor, Porter Hospital LLC, at least 90-days notice.
Good and McClure
emphasized that Porter County Assessor John Snyder performed a fair market
rent analysis to determine if the County was paying a fair price for medical
office space. McClure said the County is paying $21.92 per square foot, with
utilities factored in, which falls in the low end of the fair range Snyder
identified between $20.50 and $29.50 per square foot.