Numbers for the Bob Chisholm Community Center main hall refresh “surprised” city officials, leading to a rejection of three separate bids.
Window treatments, flooring, wall covering and lighting are main components of the project, center staff told the council in July.
At the time, architects estimated costs for the refresh between $170,000 to $190,000.
The city received three bids, the highest nearing $390,000. The low bid, from Silverton-based Ffosil Contracting, reached more than $257,000, significantly higher than estimates.
“Being $60,000 over what we considered was the highest level, we did not budget this amount of money and we think it prudent to reject the bids,” City Manager Mark Winstanley told councilors at the Monday, Dec 11 City Council meeting. “Staff recommends you reject all the bids.”
Winstanley said the city remains committed to the building refresh project but “needs to analyze what went wrong.”
“It will delay this for a short amount of time,” Public Works Director Dale McDowell said after the meeting.
In the meantime, the city will ask the architect to provide “value engineering,” including different possibilities in flooring or materials, McDowell said.
A new proposal will be likely be presented by early spring, at which time the refresh project will go back to the council for review.