GILLETTE, WY – The Campbell County Health (CCMH)
Board of Trustees voted last night to negotiate a contract with
Ascent Construction for construction of the new
Long Term Care facility. The vote was unanimous, with Trustees Dr. Sara Hartsaw and Randy Hite
excused and not in attendance.
The original bid was awarded to AP Wyoming/S & S Builders in July 2013,
with the intent to begin construction in late August. Prolonged contract
negotiations delayed the start of construction by over two months, and
no contract has been signed.
"Both parties worked on the agreement with the best of intentions,"
said CEO Andy Fitzgerald. "This project has such strategic importance
to CCMH that Administration recommended to the Board that we end negotiations
with AP and move in a different direction."
Ascent's original bid for the project was a GMP (Guaranteed Maximum
Price) of $31,525,000, approximately $500,000 higher than the low bid
from AP Wyoming. The new contract will be negotiated at a GMP of $31,600,000.
The changes include a deduction for civil engineering fees, and addition
of reimbursables to the architects and permitting costs.
"Ascent has assured us that they can meet their construction timeline
of 15 ½ months," said Carl Sorenson, VP of Facilities and
Plant Operations. "If we move forward with Ascent we can potentially
begin construction the first week of November."
Ascent Construction is based in Centerville, Utah and is one of Utah's
top 10 general contractors.
"Ascent Construction is excited to be selected by the Campbell County
Health Board and Executive Staff to construct the new Pioneer Manor long-term
care facility," said Brad Knowlton, President of Ascent. "This
will be a beautiful facility designed by Lantz-Boggio Architects. After
seven years of planning by so many people, it will truly be an honor to
make this facility a reality for the seniors of Campbell County. We are
grateful for the opportunity and for the trust, confidence and support
shown by the Hospital Board."
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