WALLINGFORD — After a two-part bid process for designing a revamped Community Pool, the company with the highest bid may be awarded the contract.
A public hearing on appropriating $625,000 for pool design is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Hall as part of the Town Council’s regular meeting.
In two-part bids, each part is scored on a points system. The bidder with the highest score is awarded the contract, therefore the lowest bid may not be the successful bidder.
The team that reviewed the bids included Parks and Recreation Director John Gawlak, Assistant Town engineer Tiffany Shipman, Parks and Recreation Commission member and pool committee Chairman Michael Savenelli, Sr., Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Dave Gelo, and resident Hal Chait.
The town began the bid process for an architectural design and engineering firm on Jan. 31. Part A bids, which outlined the firms' qualifications, were opened Feb. 22.
Four firms submitted bids: Bagman Hendrie + Archetype, of Boston, Silver Petrucelli and Associates, of Hamden, Weston & Sampson Engineers, of Rocky Hill, and TBLA Architecture, of Chester.
Part B bids, for pricing, were opened March 15.
BH+A bid $374,160, Silver Petrucelli bid $465,402, Weston & Sampson bid $506,068 and TBLA bid $600,330.
TBLA, which scored well in Part A, had the highest combined score despite having the highest price.
If the town goes with TBLA, work can be completed within one year, according to the bid information.
Gawlak said Friday that even if the town went with a lower bidder, that doesn't mean the costs are capped at the bid.
“There may be change orders and things down the road,” he said. “We could be finding out we have a bigger bill at the end, hypothetically.”
Officials have discussed demolishing the existing pool and replacing it with two pools. The rest of the North Main Street Extension parcel would be developed into a multi-use park.
Suggested park uses include a splash pad, playground equipment, a fitness playground, sand volleyball court, food service concession stand, refurbished bath house, picnic area and seasonal entertainment pavilion.
The town plans to keep the existing pool open this summer.
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