NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Bids for two of three portions of the $635,000 Memorial Town Hall project were awarded by the Building, Planning and Construction Committee on Thursday.
Aniceto, Inc. of Milford, with a bid of $58,300, was selected to repair exterior masonry, capstones and flashing and to remove the fire escape.
Fox Painting of Arlington, with a bid of $47,000, will do the exterior painting and carpentry.
The bids were opened two weeks ago, but BPCC Chairman Thomas Pilibosian delayed selection, concerned the town hasn’t yet gone out to bid for the most costly part of the project – window restoration.
He worried those bids will come in higher than the $529,700 remaining after the two lesser bid awards, which could bring the project to a halt.
Project manager John Hecker of McGinley Kalsow & Associates Inc., who attended Thursday’s meeting, eased those worries. He said the estimate for window restoration is $426,736, which leaves a balance of $63,359.
Given the current bidding climate, Hecker said he wouldn’t be surprised if window restoration bids come in lower than the estimated amount, leaving even more of a balance.
Based on that, the BPCC suggested expanding the window replacement bid requirements, and seeking an alternative bid for basement and storm windows in the event the money is available.
The total cost estimate for basement and storm windows is $250,000, Hecker said.
Hecker said window replacement bids will be sought soon and work conducted over the winter months.