Kolacia wins Greehey contract with $8.5M bid

Kolacia wins Greehey contract with $8.5M bid Main Photo

12 Mar 2019

Joe Sutter

Construction on the Greehey Family Student Success Center, which will become a key site on the Iowa Central Community College campus, will begin in the spring when weather permits. The drawing shows what the building will look like.

It’s a green light for the Greehey center.

A contractor has now been chosen for Iowa Central Community College’s planned Greehey Family Student Success Center, the largest new project made possible by a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue approved in February 2018.

The contract was awarded to Kolacia Construction, of Fort Dodge, for $8.5 million, the lowest of five bids which fulfilled all legal requirements, at the college’s Board of Directors meeting Tuesday night.

College President Dan Kinney is excited for the project to start.

It’s going to take some time, but Kinney said he expects work to start by April or May.

All bids came in at a very reasonable amount, Kinney said.

“As you can see, we received very competitive bids,” he said.

Although initially called a $6 million building, when plans and specifications were approved in February the Success Center was considered a $12.15 million project.

Other bids for the project were:

• $9.25 million from Henkel, of Sioux City

• $8.77 million from Woodruff Construction, Fort Dodge

• $8.69 million from Jensen Builders, Fort Dodge

• $8.48 million from Sande Construction, Webster City

Sande’s bid was slightly lower than the bid from Kolacia, but all bid paperwork wasn’t filled out completely, said Kinney and board President Mark Crimmins.

Under law, any firm bidding on a public project has to provide a statement of the bidder’s resident status, Crimmins said — a document showing the bidder is authorized to transact business in Iowa.

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