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May 14, 2014

Seven bids to raze former Sacred Heart

Demolition will clear way for new school

— CUMBERLAND — Seven companies submitted valid bids ranging from $1.4 million to $3 million to the Allegany County Board of Education for the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital to make way for a new Allegany High School.

The bids were opened at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the board’s central office on Washington Street following a 1:30 p.m. deadline for submissions.

“I’m pleased with the number of bids,” said Vince Montana, the board’s director of facilities.

Several officials from the board of education attended the bid opening as well as associates from Grimm and Parker, the Calverton-based architectural firm overseeing the construction of the new school on Haystack Mountain.

“We have to verify all of the information that was submitted today. We will make a recommendation to the board on Friday,” said Montana.

The following bids were received for the demolition project:

• Ritter and Paratore Contracting, Utica, N.Y., $1,987,494.

• Total Wrecking & Environmental LLC, Williamsville, N.Y., $1,438,680.

• Dore and Associates, Bay City, Mich., $2,560,200.

• Apollo Dismantling Service, Niagara Falls, N.Y., $1,862,000.

• ACECO, LLC, Silver Spring, $2,195,000.

• Terra Technical Services, Downington, Pa., $1,437,000.

• Demo Plus, Nashville, Tenn., $2,999,995.

The companies bidding will be reviewed not just on the bid amount but their credentials.

“We will verify their qualifications and experience,” said Montana.

More than 20 contractors had picked up bid packages with 11 submitting bids. However, four of the bids opened Tuesday did not have all of the required documents present and, by state law, had to be removed from consideration and considered unresponsive.

Documents required to accompany a bid included a bid bond, affidavit of qualifications to bid, minority business enterprise documents, addendum recognitions and others.

No local contractors submitted bids. Montana said they may still play a role as subcontractors.

“We will have to submit the information to the state for their approval, also,” said Montana.

Maryland’s Interagency Committee on School Construction will make a final approval in June.

The board of education has been studying ways to close the gap on the budget for the new school, which was revised in March from an initial cost projection of $36.3 million to a new estimate of $42.3 million.

In order to keep all the features for the school, such as ballfields, an auditorium and nine classroom spaces, the board is looking at ways to secure an additional $6.2 million in funding.

School officials hope the facility will open in the fall of 2017.

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