Bids for Juneau fisheries research facility come in over estimates

Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Bids for construction of a federal fisheries research facility have come in over estimates.

The National Marine Fisheries Service is re-evaluating the bid process after receiving three bids that were higher than the estimated cost of construction for the facility at Lena Point.

Fisheries officials had hoped to break ground in spring or early summer, spokesperson Sheila MacLean told KINY-radio.

She said it was too early to speculate what actions the agency will take. She acknowledged that the delay could jeopardize construction this season.

MacLean said she could not disclose the agency's estimated cost of construction, but said the apparent low bidder submitted a price of about $42 million.

Documents obtained by KINY indicated the federal government's estimate was about $35.5 million.

The low bid was offered by Cornerstone Construction of Anchorage. The Haskell Corp. of Bellingham, Wash. bid $46.7 million and McGraw Custom Construction of Sitka bid just under $48 million.

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