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More police station bids approved

Five more bids for the new Alexandria police station totaling more than $380,000 were approved Monday.

The Alexandria City Council awarded the following (all the bids were the lowest submitted in their category):

•$134,000 for metal wall panels submitted by Progressive Building Systems, Ltd.

•$80,750 for architectural woodwork submitted by Northern Woodwork.

•$65,296 for sectional steel overhead doors submitted by Viking Garage Door.

•$59,800 for specialty ceiling work submitted by Central Suspensions, Inc.

•$41,800 for vinyl wall covering and painting submitted by Finishes by Holt.

The bids complete the remaining contracts for the "phase two" work, the building part, of the new police station on 3rd Avenue West.

It's a $5.1 million project.

The dozens of bids that have been approved will initially put the project about $230,000 over budget but alternative options within the contracts will result in cost reductions, putting it below budget, according to ORB Management, the city's construction management firm.

The reduced change-orders are expected to be considered at the council's next meeting.

In another action related to the police station work, the council accepted an added change-order of $2,317.50 from Mark Lee Excavating to install a patio drain. The original plans for the project didn't include the drain.

Because the cost was slightly more than the 5 percent over the total contract with the company, the change-order required council approval.

The city has $150,000 in a contingency fund to pay for change-orders.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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