MERRILLVILLE | A decision to streamline plans for Merrillville's stormwater resource center has reduced the construction cost of the building by more than $1 million.
The Stormwater Management Board on Tuesday awarded a provisional construction contract to The Pangere Corp. The Gary-based construction company submitted a bid of $849,410.
The contract is contingent on a review of the bid to ensure it's complete, said Matt Lake, executive director of Merrillville's Stormwater Utility.
The construction cost of an initial design completed last year was about $2.1 million.
After receiving bids for the previous design in 2012, stormwater officials decided to pursue alternatives to reduce costs.
Lake said the Stormwater Utility worked with Stutler Architects to complete new plans for the structure, which will be built on property at 7404 Broadway.
Among the changes were reducing the square footage of the building to about 6,800 square feet, Lake said.
If town officials find no issues with the bid from Pangere, the Stormwater Management Board will have a meeting to issue a notice to proceed with construction.
Lake didn't say when construction could begin, but he has indicated he would like the building up and operational this year.
The new facility will provide a permanent location for the Stormwater Utility's administration office, but most of the building will be used to house stormwater equipment.
Lake also intends to host educational programs for residents and meetings for region stormwater officials at the new center.
Merrillville's Stormwater Utility will continue to operate out of its temporary office at 9111 Broadway until the new center is constructed.