Township finds savings in Stanhope hangar project
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | April 3, 2014
Four new hangars at the Stanhope/Haliburton Municipal Airport are expected to cost just over $1.6 million.
However, due to some adjustments to the project, the township is saving approximately $438,000.
"We found savings within the airport project by changing or delaying some aspects of the next phase," said Algonquin Highlands Reeve Carol Moffatt.
The township originally issued 20 Request for Proposal (RFP) packages to interested parties, according to a report by the project's senior consultant, Michael Osborne of R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited. Ten companies submitted their proposals by the Feb. 19 deadline.
On March 13, council held a special meeting to discuss potential cost savings for the project since all of the submissions had come in higher than anticipated, said CAO Angie Bird.
"Each proposal was evaluated on specific criteria contained in the RFP document, scored and ranked accordingly," said Bird.
The evaluation led to a short-list of three proponents: LBR Contracting Ltd., Aveiro Constructors Ltd. and Taskforce Engineering Inc.
Each was contacted and asked to provide cost-saving alternatives while still meeting the requirements of the RFP, she said.
"Taskforce Engineering Inc. achieved the highest collective score both before and after receipt of the additional information and cost savings."
Items removed to attain the savings included asphalt in two parking lots, surface treatment of the access road, stockpiling excess earth on-site and the reduction of parking spaces to 25. This work is expected to be completed at a later date.
Construction of the hangars will begin on May 1 with the partial excavation of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) site and construction of the stormwater management pond.
A portion of the project is being funded by the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The township will fund its share through the airport reserve fund, MNR revenue, contributions from working funds, and a portion will be carried on the township's line of credit. The township's net levy would be used to pay off the line of credit by the year 2017.
The MNR will build its forestry firefighting headquarters at the airport. The $12.2 million project is expected to be completed by 2015.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander and somehow also finds time to volunteer all over the place. You might have heard him on Go With the Flow with Mark and Mo on Canoe Radio (he’s Mark, obviously), and you might have seen him at the local bowling lanes working up a sweat. Mark probably understands technology more than most of us at The Highlander, so be sure to follow him on Twitter for news updates and thoughts as he’s out and about.