Merrillville stormwater officials may seek new building bids in March

2012-12-25T17:35:00Z 2012-12-25T21:14:10Z Merrillville stormwater officials may seek new building bids in MarchChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
December 25, 2012 5:35 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Work continues to revise plans for a proposed facility for Merrillville's Stormwater Utility.

Matt Lake, executive director of the Stormwater Utility, said Merrillville officials are "looking at every aspect of the plans" to determine ways to reduce costs of the building, which would be constructed at 7404 Broadway.

He anticipates the town's Stormwater Management Board will be ready to accept new bids for the project in early March.

"We really want to get rolling," Lake said of the project.

The Stormwater Management Board in September awarded provisional contracts to construct the building. It was anticipated then that construction would start that month.

The utility later decided it would pursue value engineering work for the project and eventually seek new bids. Value engineering involves seeking alternatives to reduce construction costs.

Although stormwater officials are seeking different options for the building, some items will remain the same, including the size of the structure, said Bud Crist, president of the Stormwater Management Board.

Until the new facility is constructed, the Stormwater Utility will continue to operate out of its temporary office at 9111 Broadway, Lake said.

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