PG board OKs contract to demolish old school
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Mar 14, 2014, 13:15
PRINCE GEORGE — After years of determining what to do with the abandoned Carson Elementary School buildings, Prince George supervisors have voted to spend more than $83,000 to contract a construction company to demolish the buildings and clear the landscape to create space for a brand new fire station.
Following a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night, County Administrator Percy Ashcraft will execute a contract of $83,738 with Perkinson Construction to complete the project.
The project will create a “clean slate” as the contract includes the full demolition of all the buildings with improvements at the Carson School site and the removal of all the trees surrounding the building, according to Bill Hamby, the director of general services for Prince George.
After the demolition is completed, the cleared out property is proposed to be used for the construction of a new Carson Fire Station/Community Center, a project estimated to cost a total of nearly $2.2 million and slated to be debt financed in fiscal year 2014, as written in an online issue analysis form that details the project contract.
The range of bids was from $79,322 to $132,583, where the lowest bidder was found to be “non-responsive,” or inadequate for the needs of the project, therefore county staff recommended Perkinson Construction, the second lowest bidder, for the job.
Six firms submitted bids for the demolition during the Invitation to Bid window from Jan. 7 to Jan. 16, after having participated in a pre-bid meeting and a walk-through of the abandoned Carson facilities.