Razing Gilbert Manor will cost less than expected, official says

Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 11:16 AM
Last updated 2:25 PM
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A tough economy is providing a silver lining for Medical College of Georgia and possibly the city of Augusta.

The contract for razing the former Gilbert Manor public housing area next to MCG attracted 27 bids, far more than expected, and came in much cheaper than anticipated, said Bill Bowes, senior vice president for finance and administration at MCG.

“I was rather surprised,” he said, which he attributes to tougher economic times making more contractors interested. Instead of the $3.1 million estimate, Thompson Building Wrecking Co. came in with the low bid of $640,000, Mr. Bowes said this morning.

“I was very pleased that it was low,” he said.

The city of Augusta gave MCG $10 million to purchase and prepare the Gilbert Manor site, which will become the home of a new building for the School of Dentistry, a new medical commons building that will include shared classrooms and offices for the School of Medicine and eventually a new research building.

The contract for the work should be finalized soon and demolition will probably begin in a few weeks, with the work concluded well ahead of ground-breaking for the new dental school building later this year, Mr. Bowes said.

The school has been talking to city leaders about whether to return a portion of the money or to use it for unfunded parts of the expansion, such as extending Central Avenue into the site to access the new buildings, Mr. Bowes said.

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No_Longer_Amazed 01/23/09 - 01:55 pm
IMO the low bid could be

IMO the low bid could be because it was not done through the A-RC Procurement Department!

paulwheeler 01/23/09 - 03:00 pm
This is hreast. Maybe with

This is hreast. Maybe with all the moeny they'll save they'll think about paying Richmond County the money they owe for the purchase.

johnsmith 01/23/09 - 03:54 pm
You know, sounds like

You know, sounds like Thompson Wrecking is a company that WANTS the JOB. Time after time, I'm reading in this paper that they are the low bid, though, as No_Longer indicated, half the time, the only reason I'm reading about it in the paper is because they had the lowest bid, by far, but the Commission or the Procurement or the Bureau of Money-Burning Activities, or whoever, decided to go with the most expensive option, instead. Good on TW, hope they do well and enjoy great success!

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