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Lewis dialysis bids within expected range, less than $1.5 million


LOWVILLE — Construction bids for the Lewis County General Hospital dialysis addition project have come in below $1.5 million, as projected.

“I think we got great participation,” said Rick W. Tague, president of Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, which is handling design work for the project. “Now, we just need to do our work to make recommendations.”

Having at least seven or eight bidders for each construction contract is very favorable, added Thomas W. Ferguson Sr., the hospital’s director of facilities management.

Following the Wednesday morning bid openings, Mr. Tague and Mr. Ferguson indicated that the low bids appeared to be within the anticipated range for the project, expected to have a total cost of $1.7 million.

However, Bernier, Carr and hospital officials must review the bids and ensure the apparent low bidders will be able to handle the project before contracts can be awarded by the hospital board of managers, likely at a special meeting.

Assuming low bids for each of the four contracts stand, construction costs would be $1.38 million for the base project or $1.47 million if installation of a new generator and additional stormline are included.

Apparent low bidders were:

n General construction — Northern Tier Contracting, Gouverneur; $1,175,300 total, with a base bid of $1,168,400 and an additional $1,900 for a generator pad and $5,000 for an additional stormline. The next lowest total bid was $1,269,400, while the highest was $1,750,007.

n Mechanical — Lawman Heating & Cooling, Sackets Harbor; $102,100. The next lowest bid was $107,295, while the highest was $159,500.

n Plumbing — Lawman Heating & Cooling; $56,110. The next lowest bid was $57,769, while the highest was $79,600.

n Electrical — Watson Electric, Norwood; $141,400 total, with a base bid of $54,000 and an additional $87,400 for a new generator. The next lowest total bid was $146,195, while the highest was $198,600.

There were 10 bidders for general construction, nine apiece for plumbing and electrical and seven for mechanical.

Bernier, Carr has designed a 7,200-square-foot addition to be built off the west side of the Medical Arts Building’s first floor and basement to accommodate the dialysis center. After it’s built, the hospital would turn it over to DaVita Inc., which would do more than $200,000 worth of additional interior finish work, then operate the center.

The project is to be funded primarily by a $904,837 state Department of Health commissioner’s discretionary grant, a $300,000 Empire State Development grant and roughly $100,000 from Lewis County Hospital Foundation collected through various fundraising efforts.

The county is expected to cover the balance of project costs with reserve funds until the hospital can pay off the debt, likely within a few years. Hospital officials continue to seek additional funding for the project.

Construction is expected to start in May and run through the end of the year, with an opening planned by March.

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