LD Russo Awarded Contract For New Dracut Fire Station
Dec 16, 2019 08:16PM
By Lisa Redmond
DRACUT – The long-awaited results of the rebid to construct Dracut Fire Station No. 3 yielded four bidders with the town’s Permanent Building Committee selecting the second lowest bid submitted by L.D. Russo Inc. at a total of just over $5 million, according to a letter on the town’s procurement website.
The lowest bidder with a base bid of $4.7 million was BC Construction Inc. The two other higher bidders were Sewer Construction with a base bid of $4.9 million and R.A.C. Builders Inc. whose base bid was $5.1 million, according to the Nov. 1 bids. The letter addressed to L.D. Russo’s Vice President Nat Coughlin, sent by the project’s architect Johnson Roberts Associates Inc., explains that the town’s Permanent Building Committee on Dec. 4 chose the Harvard-based contractor as the “lowest responsible and eligible bidder’’ in the amount of $5.065 million with base bid of $4.76 million plus additions such as landscaping its Nov. 1 bid.
Contracts and company documents were being prepared for signing, the letter states.
Last June, taxpayers approved spending an additional $1.5 million over original debt exclusion approved by voters in September 2018 to construct a new fire station at 539 Nashua Road to replace the one at 1990 Lakeview Avenue.
In a YouTube video prepared before the debt exclusion vote, Fire Chief David Brouillette explained that the station – also known as Collinsville – was built in 1954 for call firefighters.
In 1980, full-time firefighters were assigned to Station No. 3, the busiest stations in town. At that time the 300-square-foot room that had stored hoses and gear was converted into the living quarters where three firefighters, who work 24-hour shifts, use it as a bunkroom, dayroom, kitchen, office and bathroom.
Firefighters have been very vocal that the building is not designed to house firefighters and other necessary equipment.
The project has been delayed because project bids were $500,000 to $600,000 over the original $4 million debt exclusion approved in September 2018 and an additional $1 million from the general fund.
The total cost of the project, including the architect and project manager is $6.5 million. With each delay, the cost for materials continued to rise.