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SCC Accepts Bid for Keokuk Building

Jason Parrott
The SCC Board of Trustees held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Industrial Maintenance Technology building in Keokuk in late 2014. The trustees accepted a bid for construction this week.

Southeastern Community College is moving ahead with plans for a big addition to its Keokuk campus. The Board of Trustees accepted the nearly $4.9 million bid from Myers Construction (Sperry, IA) to build the new Industrial Maintenance Technology building.

The new facility will house a machine shop, computer stations, lab space and a large garage. The project also includes the construction of a new parking lot.

Michael Ash, President of SCC, said the college was pleased with the winning bid, which was the lowest of seven received by the school. He said it is higher than the original estimate of roughly $4.1 million, but he said there are several reasons for that.

“We knew there would be some increases because we received a federal grant, so that then required prevailing wage to be considered by the contractors and we had to understand that might raise the cost of the project,” said Ash.

“We also put out to bid in that period of time, replacing an existing parking lot. It is currently an asphalt parking lot in dire need of replacement, so this would be the time to take it out and put in a new parking lot.”

Bids (w/ all alternates included)

  • Myers Construction (Sperry, IA) - $4,876,966
  •  Bi-State Contracting (West Burlington, IA) - $4,982,513
  • SG Construction (Burlington, IA) - $5,237,358
  • Leander Construction (Canton, IL) - $5,308,900
  • Keokuk Contractors (Keokuk, IA) - $5,405,000
  • Abolt Inc. (Fort Madison, IA) - $5,478,150
  • Frank Millard & Company (Burlington, IA) - $5,582,643

The $1 million grant from the Economic Development Administration will cover about 20% of the cost of construction. Ash said some contract language with Myers Construction still needs to be worked out, but he is hopeful construction will get underway in late March or early April.
“We will start the year where we are, in the fall, but hopefully second semester next year, we will be in the new building down there, which will be exciting,” said Ash. “We are really thrilled that we are at this stage and ready to get it done. I will be anxious for the project to stay on target, stay on task and be ready for a ribbon cutting in Jan. 2017.”