EWC accepts $6.5 million construction bid for ATEC
TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees approved a $6,567,000 bid from Sampson Construction to build the Agriculture Technology Education Center during its Dec. 11 meeting.
Kwin Wilkes, vice president of administrative services, said the bids ranged from $5.5 million to over $7 million. After the school’s architects at Plane One in Cheyenne and construction experts reviewed the bids, Wilkes said they recommended the college take the second-lowest bid with Sampson Construction.
“They voiced some concerns about the low bid of Anderson-Shaw Construction,” he said, “and so we felt, based on the fact that we had them hired and they are experts, we would go along with them and the board of trustees agreed with that.”
EWC had previously held a bid opening in the spring, but reevaluated the design of ATEC when both bids were over the school’s budget.
Keith Jarvis, physical plant director at EWC, said most of the changes are either cosmetic or streamline construction.
“The original building had a 20-foot overhang porch roof on it,” he said, “so that was eliminated because that was basically another bay to a prefab steel building.”
The new plan also drops expensive finishes in the building to bring it more in-line with the rest of campus.
There have been some more substantial changes. The new plan eliminates a bay in the demonstration area and reduces it by about 20 feet. The building’s multi-space classroom was flipped to change the roof line for easier construction for the steel roof system, which replaces the original membrane roof. The redesign also led to other streamlining processes, such as a simplified sewer system.
“Overall, the building is still intact with the same functionality,” sad John Hansen, director of institutional development. “It’s actually a better design now, a more efficient design.”
Jarvis said the college is negotiating with the contractor, after which a timeline can be settled upon. He anticipates groundbreaking in March, with a completion date in July 2020.