Amon Builders of Payson is expected to be named general contractor for the new Payson Public Library after submitting the low bid among eight that were received and opened Thursday afternoon at Town Hall.
All the bids submitted came in under the architect's estimate of $2,136,254, with Amon tentatively winning the contract with a base bid of $1,720,822. The next lowest bid of $1,829,000 was submitted by Pace Pacific Corp., and the highest bid of $2,103,900 was submitted by The Lejas Corp.
Town Manager Rich Underkofler said the bids will be submitted to the Town Council at its regular meeting Thursday, Dec. 14, and if accepted, a groundbreaking ceremony should take place "shortly after the first of next year."
In announcing that the low bid was submitted by the only local contractor to participate in the process, Underkofler said, "It's been a good day in Payson." He cited Amon's use of "mostly local sub-contractors, and the company's experience and track record in the area, which includes serving as general contractor on the new police facility, Chapman Auto Center, Ponderosa Village Shopping Center and St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church.
Bidders were also asked to submit additional estimates for two options, one for a room partition and one for a kitchen in the new library.
"Since Amon was still well under the base estimate with these alternatives factored in, we will probably be able to add both of them," Underkofler said.
The new library, a 15,765-square-foot facility, will be located in Rumsey Park. The library, which currently occupies about 8,000 square feet, has been located in the Womans Club building on Main Street since 1951.