Bids were accepted for the second phase of the Temple Court project during Tuesday’s Centre County commissioners meeting, and the commissioners were surprised by how close the bids came out.
Nine bids ranging from $3.1 million to $3.9 million were accepted.
“If you look at the numbers,” Vice Chairman Chris Exarchos said, “they were uncannily close, which means people did their homework.”
The next step is making sure the bidders met all requirements of the bidding process, he said. The county will check references for quality of work and ensure the bidder is bonded for the work.
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The number of days the bidder has scheduled for the completion of the work will also affect who is awarded the contract, architect Al Drobka said.
The contract is expected to be awarded at the Dec. 16 commissioners meeting.