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image Blalock and Partners architect Kevin Blalock and Interwest Construction president Mark Brown talk to the Grantsville City Council Wednesday night about the library project. Interwest Construction was awarded the bid to construct the library, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

February 16, 2012
Grantsville library rolls forward with construction bid OK’d

Another page was turned in the Grantsville library project with the awarding of the construction bid Wednesday night.

The library will be built by Interwest Construction, a company based in North Salt Lake, that has locally built the North Tooele Fire District building in Stansbury Park and the Valley Mental Health New Reflection Clubhouse in Tooele, they were the low bidder on the project.

The project originally went out to bid in December. However, when that round of bids all came back well over the $1.8 million budget, the Grantsville City Council set to work trimming down the project to save on costs while not compromising quality or function. Major cuts included revising the mechanical system and reduced the density of the greenery to be planted outside of the library. Additionally, the start date was pushed back from January to March, which reduced projected costs of insulating the foundation during the course of building.

Additionally, an agreement was reached with Utah State University for partial funding for the project, which will also include rooms where USU classes will be taught. Interwest’s bid was within $4,000 of the bid amount.

Kevin Blalock, representing the Salt Lake City-based architectural firm Blalock and Partners, which is developing the project, presented the results of the latest bids, noting the offerings were much more friendly to the project’s budget than those received in December.

“I’m much happier to be here today than the last time I was here,” Blalock said.

More than a dozen bids were received for this incarnation of the project, Blalock said, and schedules and lists of subcontractors were obtained from the lowest five bidders. Besides the low bid, the architectural firm was also impressed with Interwest’s past projects and references, according to Blalock.

“We didn’t really expect to find anything negative, and everything that was found was very positive,” Blalock said. “We were very pleased.”

Blalock said references besides those listed on Interwest’s bid were also consulted about the company’s performance. All gave good reviews.

Mark Brown, president of the company, said although his company is not based in Tooele County, the project supervisor, Branden Vincent, an Interwest employee,  and two of the subcontractors, H & H Excavation and Concrete and Wasatch Heating and Air Conditioning, are local.

Groundbreaking for the library will take place Feb. 24. The project is expected to be completed by year’s end, according to Marshall.

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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