The Hamilton Conservation Authority has found a better deal on a new storage barn for its Millgrove works yard after being forced to retender the project because the previous successful bidder bowed out.
Directors last week agreed to award the work to Niagara Falls-based Niacon Ltd, whose bid of $195,915 beat out three other competing ones ranging from $251,538 to $389,002.
Niacon’s bid is not only below the $220,000 budgeted for the barn, which will replace a salt dome destroyed by an August 2015 tornado, but lower than original contractor PFS Construction Inc.’s bid of $220,350.
Chief administrative officer Chris Firth-Eagland said after PFS determined it couldn’t fulfill the contract, staff changed the 10,800-square-foot structure’s specifications to cut costs, including by reducing its original 5.4 metre height to 4.9 metres.
"The retendering was what we must have and we took off a couple of wants.”
The initial tender also invited bids for steel and prefab structures, but the authority chose to specify wood this time around because it’s more affordable, he said.
“None of those (other) styles of structure last time came in anywhere near our reach,” Firth-Eagland said of quotes that topped out at $578,000.
“What sometimes happens when you’re trying to design something is you go from exactly what you must have to a little bit of what you’d like to have. The retendering was what we must have and we took off a couple of wants.”
Firth-Eagland said the barn is expected to be in place by the end of April, which will require equipment to be stored at other locations for a second winter.
But there’s also room in the main building at the Millgrove yard, leased from the city for a nominal fee since 2013, he said
“We’re still way further ahead than when our headquarters for maintenance was here in the Dundas Valley, with just two bays underneath an old barn,” he said. “Those bays weren’t deep enough for a big truck to get completely in and close the doors.”