POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission has approved a bid and contractor to complete exterior maintenance work on the old Point Pleasant Hardware building now owned by the county.
Commissioners Rick Handley, Miles Epling and Bob Baird met in special session on Thursday to approve the bid. Also in the meeting, County Administrator John Gerlach and Joseph Bird from Chapman Technical Group, the firm handling the engineering and design phases of the project.
Commissioners ended up approving a bid submitted by Trisco Systems of Lima, Ohio for $102,092. Trisco had the lowest bid out of six submitted bids, which included Shamblin Construction, $217,700; MIRC Construction, $493,200; Allegheny Restoration, $216,00; Mariani and Richards, $135,000; Keystone Waterproofing, $151,197.
Bird said Trisco met the criteria to do the work and had satisfactory bonding and insurance certificates. Bird said he asked a Trisco representative why the bid was significantly lower than the others received and was told by the company they were “aggressive” in the bid because they wanted the work. Bird and Chapman Technical Group previously worked with the commission on the Mason County Health Department and the commissioners and Gerlach expressed confidence in the company’s choice of contractor.
Locally, Trisco worked on a restoration project at Washington Elementary in Gallipolis, Ohio in 2010. The company has been in business since 1936 and its client lists include The Oho State University, Kraft Foods in Battle Creek, Mich., Notre Dame University, Cathedral Basilica in Covington, Ky., Cleveland City Schools, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Indianapolis Schools System, Miami Valley Hospital, among others.
Trisco will be performing work on the exterior of the building only. This work will include the removal and replacement of brick above the building’s windows on the side which faces the Iron Gate Grill. In addition, mortar joints will be repaired on the front of the building and the side of the building which faces the State Theater. The building will also need pressure washed so the new and existing brick will resemble one another more closely.
Bird said this work could begin as early as Nov. 12 or Nov. 19 with Trisco having 60 days to complete the job.
The first floor of the building is slated to become the new home of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. In terms of the building’s interior work, Bird said it’s still in the design phase. Bids for the interior would likely go out early next year and then the big question will be if the bids come in at the right price to move the project forward.