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Marbleton, Big Piney seek contractors for senior housing

Posted: Monday, Sep 24th, 2012

MARBLETON – The Marbleton – Big Piney Senior Housing Joint Powers Board (MBP-JPB) met with WLC Engineering, Think Architecture, general contractors and subcontractors to discuss plans for the construction of Phase I of the countywide senior housing project Thursday night.

The MBP-JPB also distributed a request for proposals (RFP), with a tentative schedule for progress on the project. The meeting was facilitated by Jason Zakotnik of WLC, the MBP-JPB’s owner’s representative on the project.

Contractors were issued the RFP, with a return date of Oct. 4. The MBP-JPB will meet again tonight, Sept. 25, to decide whether to extend that date. Chairman Nick Taylor said the board has tentatively set the RFP return date back three weeks to Oct. 26, but would discuss scheduling at the meeting.

“I was very pleased with the turnout at our meeting last night and glad to see the amount of interest in the project. Sublette County has some great talent and hopefully it will be used well,” Taylor said in an email to the Examiner.

The MBP-JPB included in its RFP an evaluation schedule for choosing the general contractor. It weighs heavily on the fee proposal and guaranteed maximum price, as well as on the use of local subcontractors, giving 30 percent weight to each.

General contractors will also be evaluated on team and personnel experience (20 percent), project understanding and approach (10 percent) and construction schedule (10 percent).

The board and contractors are still deciding whether to begin construction this fall or wait until spring. The RFP anticipates construction to start in October 2012, but discussion at the meeting indicated that the construction schedule will be up to the general contractor.

“The joint powers board has left it up to them (contractors) to put a schedule on their bid. That will be part of the evaluation criteria they use to choose the general contractor,” Sam Bixler, director of the Sublette Economic Resource Council, said.

Bixler estimated that there were five or six general contractors attending the meeting, some local and others from Utah, Colorado and surrounding areas. Several subcontractors also attended to get a feel for the project designs.

Specifications for the project, as presented by Corey Solum of Think Architecture, are for housing units on the east and west sides of the Southwest Sublette County Pioneer Senior Center in Marbleton, known as Phase 1A and 1B.

A total of 12 duplex buildings, constituting 24 residential units are included in construction plans. Site work is also included, for earthwork, concrete and asphalt, and site utilities, among other necessities. The project budget is estimated between $3 million and $3.5 million, according to the RFP.

The next step for the MBP-JPB is to award the general contractor’s contract, including a schedule for construction.

“The board would like to break ground this fall but there is still a lot of work to do to make that happen and we all know how well western Wyoming weather cooperates with our needs,” Taylor said.

The MBP-JPB will discuss scheduling for contracts and interviews at its Tuesday meeting. Taylor said the board will interview contractors in the week following receiving the RFP bids and award the contract at the end of that week.

“Our next step is to receive bids and award the project to a general contractor and then we can proceed with a construction schedule and maybe get some dirt moved before the frost hits,” Taylor said.

For the complete article see the 09-25-2012 issue.

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