LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Lee County is about to embark in one of the largest county construction projects in the past decade.
The Lee County Commission has approved a contractor to build the Lee County Justice Center expansion after a competitive bid process.
"When we received these bids we were actually very pleased with the ones we received. It was basically five bids that ranged from just over $7.2 million to $8 million," explains County Administrator, Roger Rendleman.
The commission approved a $7.73 million bid from Rabren General Contractors of Auburn.
Rabren had the second to lowest bid of the group. They came in $480,000 higher than the lowest bid.
Even though the commission did not go with the lowest bid, Rendleman says it was the right move because the low bidder missed important specifications included in the bid packet for the project.
"It became pretty apparent there were some things missed," Rendleman said. "Finally there was one element we asked about they said they didn't include, the building permit, and by the time we got to that item, there were so many other items, that it basically came to an amount that they indicated to us that they would not be able to perform the job fully with the bid amount that was enclosed."
Renovations to the 40,000 square foot Justice Center includes the expansion of the District Attorney's office, remodeling of the Circuit Clerk's office and improvements in technology throughout the building.
"It's a significant project. We don't do projects of this size very often," says Rendleman. "This is probably the second largest project we've done in the past 12 years I've been here."
Construction is slated to begin in the next two months and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.