Steve Nielsen gave the Prairie Land Regional Division (PLRD) some good news regarding the Delia School rebuild project.
At the meeting held on Feb. 26 at the head office in Hanna, Nielsen told the board they received 12 bids by various construction outfits “which was way more than we were hoping for.”
He and a small committee were then tasked with scoring each bidder to determine who would rank the highest and make the top five.
The lowest bid will automatically win.
On March 11, they will have a seat at the table with Alberta Education, Alberta Infrastructure to collaborate on scoring as they each have their own sets of scores.
Based on those scores, the top five then are given the opportunity to put in their final submission to bid and from there it’s just the lowest number, “Awesome news because there are some fantastic contractors,” said Nielsen. “We were hoping actually when we saw them that there would be a few that would be eliminated right away but they were quite reputable and some have built up to 300 schools.”
Timelines were an interesting variable that differed from contractor to contractor with some being extremely quick in their process.
Some bidders come from Calgary, two from Red Deer and more scattered around Alberta but none were based outside of the province.