Union Bridge awards bid for offices

January 26, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The Union Bridge Town Council last night accepted a $167,380 bid from a Sykesville builder to construct the town's new office complex on Locust Street.

The council voted unanimously to hire Herman Construction, the builder recommended by the Town Hall Search Committee, to convert the Pump House to new offices.

The building will include offices for the mayor, town manager and two clerks, a conference room for small gatherings and a large room for council meetings. Other bids fell within the town's $150,000 to $160,000 range, but the committee felt the Herman proposal was the best overall despite the extra cost, said Councilman Selby Black.

"The proposed structure from Herman Construction maintains the historic value of the original Pump House," said Mr. Black. "It also has an excellent overall design."

The town began advertising for bids Nov. 1, giving builders a floor plan detailing the number and sizes of rooms needed. The exterior was left to the builder's imagination. Fourteen bids were submitted.

During last month's town meeting, the council told the Town Hall Committee to look over the bid proposals and recommend the one it felt would meet the town's needs.

"[The bid] is the closest to perfect we found," Mr. Black said. "It was not an easy decision to make."

Once the project is started, the building is to be completed in six months, Mayor Perry Jones said.

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