Farmington Hills community center bids pass, with objections

Farmington Hills officials on Monday approved more than $15 million in bid awards for work at The Hawk community center, but the vote wasn’t unanimous.

Andy Fountain, representing consultant Plante Moran CRESA, said awards to various contractors include multiple categories; among them, masonry, carpentry, drywall, glass and glazing, speciality doors, painting and tile, heating and cooling, electrical and plumbing. Because of the building’s age, he said, contingency funds are also set aside for unexpected issues.

“The award recommendation is within the project budget,” Fountain said, adding that work will start the week of October 20. “We’re very much looking forward to the start of construction over at the site.”

Council members Theresa Rich and Samantha Steckloff voted against the bid award after Rich raised concern about an unnamed vendor. She said that in a “prior iteration” of the company, benefits were not paid to workers and the company went bankrupt. She wanted to delay the vote to gather more information.

Rich also asked about safety practices and whether there would be background checks, particularly for sex offenders, since young people would be using the track and tennis courts during construction. City manager David Boyer said those facilities would be open “on a very limited basis.”

Scott Meredith, representing construction manager Colasanti Construction Services, said background checks were not part of the bid requirements, but could be added.