Bids for the construction of the new Commons in downtown Columbus have come in millions of dollars lower than projected.
Eleven regional companies submitted bids, all of which came in under the estimated $12.75 million for the construction phase of the Commons project. Weddle Brothers of Bloomington came in as the lowest base bidder at $10.69 million.
However, Director of Columbus Redevelopment Commission Ed Curtain said construction of the Commons doesn’t necessarily go to the lowest bidder.
“We have asked the Board of Works to take these under advisement,” Curtain said. “The process we are in right now is having the architect, the owner’s representative, myself, and the city attorney reviewing the documents that were provided to us.”
The Columbus Board of Works decides which company will be awarded the contract. Curtin expects the review process to take two to three weeks. Even with lower than expected construction bids, Curtin said he not sure it will translate into any savings on the project.
“As a normal part of construction there are things that change or pieces that need to be added to the project,” Curtin said.
Curtin did not say whether project savings would be applied to the $9 million dollars taxpayers are expected to contribute to the Commons.