O.C. saves big on Public Works complex


Thursday, March 4, 2004

OCEAN CITY - Taxpayers saved more than $250,000 after City Council bid a contract for the new Public Works complex, as designed by the Mount Laurel firm of Garrison Architects, the director said Friday.

Council awarded a $5.2 million contract this week to Vineland construction firm Stanker and Galetto.

The Vineland company was the lowest of five bidders for the new 42,000-square-foot complex, the most expensive public project on the island next to the $40 million high school and the $8 million beach fill.

"We couldn't have asked for a better result," Public Works Director George Savastano said.

Stanker and Galetto was the builder of several Cumberland County projects including the Millville Rescue Squad, Silverton Marine and Durand Glass.

Of the total $400,000 savings, the city will have to spend $100,000 to $150,000 for roadwork and equipment that was removed from the original bid specifications.

After the first eight bids came in higher than the $5.3 million bond, Savastano planned to have city workers complete the new building's second floor. But with the low bid, that will not be necessary, he said.

The contract also includes demolition of the old, dilapidated buildings and landscaping around the new one. The city will consolidate Public Works under one roof, freeing space around the island but particularly at 45th Street.

The new complex will be completed by May 2005.


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