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City awards 20 contracts for BSC construction

More than 20 contractors will soon begin work on the Bielenberg Sports Center expansion and reconstruction project, after bids were approved by City Council.

Woodbury City Council passed a resolution Wednesday, March 13, awarding contracts for 20 firms at an estimated $16.7 million.

The budget, however, leaves room for alternate work scopes that will be reviewed and approved at a later time, in addition to about $500,000 for contingency.

"All in all, the bids came in very well," Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt said. "We're very pleased with the bids."

The city also budgeted $210,000 in utility rebates for new features planned for the project.

"And that's a very significant rebate related to the amount of energy savings we'll be receiving on this project," Klatt said.

Kraus-Anderson Construction Company was authorized to solicit bids for the project on behalf of the city. For the 24 separate work scopes, 130 total bids were received earlier this month.

City staff will continue reviewing the alternate bids, which include metal panels, joint sealants, flooring and gym equipment, and bring back recommendations to council next month.

The city awarded contracts last week in order to stay on schedule and begin construction in April.

"All in all, we're in very good shape," Klatt said. "Still considering the water feature, the solar PV system and the remainder of the costs are all in professional service and non-construction costs."

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.