Bids for pool come in under budget

PATTON TOWNSHIP — The apparent low bids for four construction contracts to rebuild the Park Forest Community Swimming Pool came in Thursday with a little wiggle room.

“Sure we made budget, but it’s still a lot of money,” said Ron Woodhead, director of Centre Region Parks and Recreation.The low base bids totaled $2.88 million, about $50,000 less than the budgeted amount. Centre Region municipalities, through the Council of Governments, agreed to spend no more than $3.2 million on the Park Forest pool. A total of $269,500 of that will pay consultants.

The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Board will discuss Tuesday what to do with the remaining $50,000, Woodhead said.

Boalsburg architect Alan Popovich, one of the board’s two pool consultants, will discuss available options now that the construction bids are in, Woodhead said.

The bid specifications included estimates for additions to and deductions from the base bids. Swimmers’ starting blocks, for example, is an addition projected to cost $10,000 to $12,000.

In Thursday’s bid openings, a Bucks County company was the apparent low bidder on the biggest of the four contracts for the Park Forest pool, which is between School Drive and Douglas Drive near the Park Forest Middle School in Patton Township.

Stoneridge Aquatic Construction of Feasterville’s base bid of $1,466,800 for the actual swimming pool work was more than $300,000 less than the only other bidder in that category, Aqua Pool, of East Pittsburgh.

Mid-State Construction, of Altoona, was the apparent low bidder, at $1,089,000, among five companies seeking to do the general contracting work.

The other general contracting bids came from Leonard S. Fiore, of Altoona ($1,165,000), Veronesi Building & Remodeling, of State College ($1,290,400), John Spearly Construction, of Bellefonte ($1,339,100), and C.E. Wood Construction, of Duncansville ($1,360,000).

The plumbing contract low bidder was Montgomery Brothers Plumbing and Heating, of Altoona, at $149,000, substantially less than all three competitors: Goodco Mechanical, of State College ($193,000), Robert Johnson Plumbing and Heating, of Lewistown ($194,785), and McClure Co., of State College ($198,750).

The electrical contract produced the only Centre County company as an apparent low bidder. Mountainside Electric, of Rebersburg, bid $175,136. Other bids came from Robert P. Lepley Electrical, of Lewistown ($195,000), Strouse Electric, of Howard ($202,732), and Stelco Inc., of Altoona ($263,650).

The Park Forest pool is scheduled to close Aug. 3 so that construction can start and be completed in time for the pool to reopen next May.

The Welch Pool renewal, for which up to $5.4 million has been budgeted, is scheduled to begin in August 2009, with completion in time for summer 2010.

Mike Joseph can be reached at 235-3910.