FARMINGTON -- Eleven of the bids received Thursday by the County Commission for the proposed Davis County campus renovation show the work is anticipated to be done within the $19.6 million bond amount.
More will be known when an actual bid is awarded next week.
The project, consisting of a new library, a children's justice center and an administrative office, is part of the county's plan to overhaul the campus surrounding the Memorial Courthouse in downtown Farmington at 28 E. State St.
Construction bids received for the work range from a low of $15.4 million to a high of $20.1 million.
The three lowest bids, submitted by Spindler Construction, R & O Construction and Wadman Corporation, are under review. Each of those bids came in under $17 million.
The county has been listing the cost of the renovation work, consisting of building three structures, razing four buildings and putting in the needed parking and landscaping, at $19.6 million.
"We're hoping to award this bid this coming Tuesday (at the 10 a.m. commission meeting)," County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said. The meeting will be at the Memorial Courthouse, 28 E. State St.
With this project the county is under some tight time constraints, because its bonding requires work to be under way before Jan. 1, 2011, Petroff Jr. said.
There are no new taxes to be paid out for the project, County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.
The county has set aside $11.4 million in its 2011 calendar-year budget for 12 months of the 18-month construction period, Rawlings said.
The remaining cost of the project will be included in the 2012 calendar-year budget, he said.
The county bonded for $19.6 million, receiving an "all-time low" 3 percent interest rate on the "recovery zone" bond to cover the cost of construction, as well as the demolition of the existing Children's Justice Center, the Environmental Health Building, the Health Annex and Farmington library on the county campus, Rawlings said.
The bonding, in addition to covering the construction bid, also must cover architectural fees, utility work, permits and fees, asbestos removal and furniture, fixtures and equipment.
Based on the favorable building climate at this time, county officials were anticipating bids would come in well below the bond amount, Rawlings said.
County Commissioner Bret Millburn referred to the phased project, with an anticipated completion date of spring 2012, as a "historic undertaking."