Aldermen award $1.12 million bid to construct new police station

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 7/8/20

Lawlor Corporation, a St. Louis based construction company, will build the new Owensville police station for $1,122,900.

Lawlor was awarded the low bid to specification Monday by …

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Aldermen award $1.12 million bid to construct new police station

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Lawlor Corporation, a St. Louis based construction company, will build the new Owensville police station for $1,122,900.

Lawlor was awarded the low bid to specification Monday by Owensville’s Board of Aldermen on a unanimous, 4-0 vote.

There was only $163,010 difference between the low bidder to specifications and the high bidder. Only $27,580 separated the two lowest bidders. And the second and third lowest bidders were separated by only $430.

Travis Hernandez, the city’s contracted engineer with Archer-Elgin, said a co-worker with the firm had checked references and Lawlor’s work history was well documented and respected.

Mayor John Kamler noted the firm has constructed quite a few medical buildings in the St. Louis region. The firm was one of eight to pick up bid packets and seven to actually submit a complete bid.

The bids in order of low to high were:

• Lawlor Corporation: $1,122,990

• Franklin County Construction, LLC.: $1,150,570

• Cahills Construction, Inc.: $1,151,000

• Bales Construction: $1,168,800

• Little Dixie Construction: $1,214,707

• Thomas Construction, Co.: $1,245,000

• Hankins Construction: $1,286,000

Hernandez noted Lawlor used quite a few local subcontractors on their projects.

City public works employees are doing site work including preparing the parking lot and roadway bases along with excavation and establishing the base for the building. City workers are also installing water and sewer lines into the building site. A stormwater retention pond to facilitate site drainage was created by city employees which drains under the commuter parking lot into the Highway 28 ditch.

The building site is between Highway 28 and West Franklin.

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