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Bids for MMH project come in under budget

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MASSENA - Massena Memorial Hospital officials said bids for a $3.9 million medical office building on Maple Street have come in under budget.

“It came in about 5 percent under the amount approved,” CEO Charles F. Fahd II told members of the Board of Managers this week.

Bids were opened on April 12, and he said 29 organizations provided bids for the medical office building.

The low bidder for general construction was Northern Tier Contracting Inc., Gouverneur, at $2,204,100. The low bidder for heating, ventilation and air conditioning was Hyde-Stone Mechanical Contractors Inc., Watertown, at $367,605.

Collins-Hammond, Ogdensburg, submitted a low bid of $11,941 for electrical work, and Burns Brothers Contractors Inc., Potsdam, submitted a $154,900 low bid for plumbing. One bidder had dropped out of the running for the plumbing work, Senior Director of Ancillary Services Mark P. Brouillette said.

“We’re required by law to select the lowest bid,” Mr. Fahd said.

Total for the bids was $3.138 million, keeping them under budget while including all the alternates in the work, according to Mr. Fahd.

“The electrical bid was a little high,” he said.

Mr. Brouillette said the range for general construction was anywhere from the low of $2.2 million to a high of $2.8 million.

“It was a pretty good spread on the general,” he said.

He said they were in the process of preparing letters of intent and contracts for the bidders. Groundbreaking on the 20,300-square-foot facility will be held at 11 a.m. May 8 as part of National Hospital Week.

The hospital has 145,000 square feet of medical and clinical space, and the new building will increase the hospital’s total space by about 15 percent.

The new facility will be about twice as large as the Bushnell Medical Office Building behind MMH.

When completed early next year, the top floor of the building will be able to accommodate 10 to 12 medical practitioners. About half of the top floor is set aside for the hospital’s employed physicians and staff, while the other half will be designated as space for private practices. The bottom floor will be built out as demand increases.

MMH will spend an additional $535,496 for equipment and supplies on top of the $3.9 million construction cost.

The building will be two stories, but is designed to slope on a hill. That will give the appearance from Maple Street of a one-floor structure, which fits in better with surrounding buildings, hospital officials said.

A separate rear entrance for the lower level will be on the side of the building facing the Grasse River. The building’s top floor will also feature a sun-lit atrium, conference room, laboratory and waiting room to accommodate 40 patients.

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