Eastern Arizona College officials hired Johnson-Carlier construction Wednesday to build a 21,000-square-foot college building in Payson.
The company, which submitted the lowest of seven bids Tuesday for the project, will break ground on the $2.322-million project Dec. 17.
The college threw out first-round bids this summer because they exceeded EAC's $2 million construction budget by at least $675,000.
The college's governing board added $300,000 to the budget, trimmed street and landscaping costs and rebid the project this fall.
Johnson-Carlier of Phoenix bid $2.258 million for the base project and $2.322 million for an alternate plan that includes a metal, raised-seam roof. The highest of the seven bids was $2.584 million for the base project.
The governing board approved Johnson-Carlier's bid for the alternate plan during the board's regular meeting Wednesday in Thatcher.
"We were very delighted with the bids," said Don Allen, EAC Gila County programs executive director. "We'll be able to proceed now."
Construction is scheduled to be complete Sept. 30, 1999 and the building is expected to be ready for use in January 2000.