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Friday, July 16, 2010

Selectmen contract with vendor for school site work

At their July 13 meeting, the Carlisle Board of Selectmen unanimously selected J.D’Amico, Inc. of Randolph to conduct the early site work in the school building project for the bid of $343,495. The initial work will require rerouting and relocating the utilities behind the Wilkins and Corey Buildings (see related article, page 1).

School Building Committee Chair Lee Storrs explained that Tasco Construction, Inc. of Belmont, the lowest bidder at $182,000, was disqualified as their proposal was “non-conforming” and did not include an addendum that had “significant cost implications.” He reported the Owner Project Manager for Carlisle, Sean Fennell of Daedalus, recommended disqualification of this vendor as a few of the costs cited “raised some concerns.” Storrs gave the example of the allotment of “12K for electrical” where others involved with the project estimated “materials alone cost $42K.” Elimination of Tasco made D’Amico the lowest of the two remaining bidders, which also included Bridges, LLC of Milford at $458,950.

The Selectmen probed the $100-150K difference between each of the three bids. The omission of the work listed in the addendum was a primary factor in the lowest bid. In addition, Storrs gave the example of the removal of rock ledge. The Tasco bid came in at $20 per cubic yard for removal, that from D’Amico at $50, and the Bridges one at $80. Based on site investigation already completed, Fennell feels “fairly confident” that 80 cubic yards would require removal.

The Selectmen voted in favor of the contract with D’Amico, and signed the contract on the spot. Contingent upon legal counsel approval, the contract was awarded to D’Amico. ∆

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