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UPDATE: First courthouse bids come in under estimate

This is an artist's digital drawing of the Stevens County Courthouse following a renovation and construction project. The drawing is courtesy of Klein McCarthy Architects.

By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

Bids for the first phase of Stevens County courthouse building project came in about 15 percent under the project management group's estimate.

Bids for the initial phase of construction, which is scheduled to begin this fall, were opened Thursday at the courthouse. Bids were opened for nine of the 10 categories in phase one of the project.

The total of the nine categories totaled $1,786,636, which is about 15 percent under the $2.1 million estimate by Contegrity Group, which is the project management firm. The total does not include the cost of the pre-made holding rooms. Steel Cell of North America, the only bidder in the category, did not secure its bid and its envelope was not opened.

Thursday's bids were for demolition and site work, concrete, precast concrete, masonry, structural steel, steel erection, waterproofing, geothermal wells and electrical.

Contegrity is expected to have a bid tabulation completed Friday morning. A list of the low bids and contractors will be published when the bid tabulation is completed.

The construction schedule calls for the buildings to be enclosed to allow work to continue over the winter. The second phase projects will be bid later this fall.

The entire project -- which includes a courthouse renovation, construction of a law enforcement center and courts holding rooms for prisoners -- is estimated to cost about $11.5 million.