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Marshall gets bids for city hall project

Apparent low offer is $4.89M; city council will hold discussions at Tuesday’s meeting

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall opened construction bids for the planned renovations at its Municipal Building on Thursday.

Of three bidders, the apparent low base bid was $4.89 million, from Brennan Companies of Mankato.

Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson said Thursday there is no bid recommendation yet for the project. The Marshall City Council will discuss the bids Tuesday at its regular meeting.

Olson also cautioned that the base bid figures only cover construction at the city hall building on Main Street. The whole project, including contingency costs and moving and rental costs for temporary city offices during construction, will have a higher price tag than construction alone.

The city has been planning an estimated $6.1 million renovation project to address a variety of building issues with the current city hall. City hall was constructed in the 1960s, and has problems with an aging boiler and a lack of handicap accessibility, among others.

The city opened construction bids at 2 p.m. Thursday, Olson said. Three bids were received. Bladholm Construction, of Marshall, submitted a base bid of $5.375 million, with a contract time of 540 calendar days. Comstock Construction, of Fergus Falls, submitted a base bid of $5.268 million, with a contract time of 515 calendar days.

Olson said Brennan Companies submitted the apparent low base bid, at $4.89 million, with a contract time of 400 calendar days. That time period would mean construction could be completed by February 2021, he said.

As of Thursday, there were no recommendations as to which bid the city should accept, Olson said. The bids will go before the city council at its next meeting.

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