Crown Point awards contracts for Sportsplex’s next phase
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent July 25, 2012 11:56AM
Updated: August 27, 2012 11:11AM
CROWN POINT — Close to $1.5 million in contracts have been awarded for the next step of Phase II work at the city’s Sportsplex.
Contracts for the electrical work and concrete and paving work at the facility were approved Wednesday by the Board of Public Works and Safety.
Tris Miles, city engineer, said the city received several bids for each component of the work. DVG Engineering Inc. recommended the city award the work to the lowest bidder in both.
Circle R Electric Inc. of Portage was awarded the electrical component at a cost of $479,000. The next lowest bids were received from Sweeney Electric at $561,500, Emcor Hyre Electric of Highland at $602,000 and Continental Electric Co. Inc. of Gary at $605,000.
Several bids also were received for the contract and paving portion of the project. Austgen Equipment Inc. of Lowell was low bidder at $979,581 with Walsh & Kelly Inc. of Griffith coming in at $1,009,380 and Larson-Danielson Construction Co. Inc. of LaPorte at $1,451,942.
“Just as a side, Austgen Equipment has been the successful bidder on a couple other phases and has done very good work for us,” Miles said.
He said the work will begin as soon as the first round of work, which included the earth work and underground utilities, is complete around the second week of August.
“The project is on schedule,” Miles said.
Officials broke ground in May on the $4 million Phase II expansion at the Sportsplex which will focus on the development of three adult-size fully lighted softball fields on the northwest corner of the 95-acre facility. It will also include the extension of the new Bulldog Boulevard, parking and drainage, a concession stand and restrooms. Cost for this portion of the work is estimated at $3.5 million.
Work on the city’s little league fields is also included in Phase II. That work will include drainage and pavement improvements, upgrades to the seating area, a new press box area, replaced fencing, new lighting and pedestrian protections along North Street. This portion of the work is expected to cost about $500,000.