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Low Bid For Park Demo Well Under Budget

Bids unsealed Wednesday reveal lowest bid at $6.4 million.

Bids for the were unsealed Wednesday revealing a low bid well below the $15 million budgeted for the project, according to a report on Newsday.

State parks has allocated up to $15 million to undertake the demolition project. Funding for the project will come from a $25 million state budget appropriation initiated in 2006 by State Sen. John Flanagan.

The contract will be awarded in about a month. Actual work on the project is expected to begin in May of 2012 and should be completed by November of 2013.

Four of the buildings slated for demolition are located within the 153-acre Nissequogue River State Park, which was established in 2000. The other eleven buildings that will be removed are located on an additional 35 acres of the property that were transferred to the agency in 2006. Some of the structures slated for removal include the smokestack and other structures adjacent to the abandoned power plant.

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David Cheplic January 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Are the red flags going up at the state level regarding their review of these bids ? "Well under budget" would send up flags in most peoples eyes, I would think. As a life long resident of Kings Park and an estimator for construction projects I am deeply concerned with this head line. Buying on price alone we need to ask, are we really getting what (we the tax payers) we are paying for ? What did the state base their demo budget on ? How can the price be so far off ? I am just voicing my concerns because the lowest price usually has the highest cost. Sorry to be such a skeptic.
Linda Henninger January 28, 2012 at 12:09 PM
The State does not buy on the price alone. They are going through the bid review process now. According to Ron Foley, the Long Island Regional Director of State Parks, "if the low bidders or the people who are in the low range are qualified, it's very good news." The State will carefully look at the qualifications of the bidders and choose accordingly. The demo budget was based on the November 2010 Dvirka & Bartilucci Remediation Study. http://www.theparkadvocate.com/pdfs/studynov10aa.pdf It can be priced so far off because of several reasons, but mainly because the original study was just that, a study. The bid process always brings down the price of any job. The cost of remediation in the original study was criticized by many when it was first announced. Remember, a few years earlier a report was prepared regarding cleanup of the original Park alone and that study came in at $7,068,563. (The cost for Asbestos Abatement ($1,511,820), Air Monitoring ($226,773), Demolition (high estimate - 19 structures $3,993,372), Site Restoration ($1,000,000), Contingency (5% - $336,598). These present bid numbers, not surprisingly, are more in line with this first study. Visit http://www.theparkadvocate.com/ for more info and updates on the project.
Patrick O'Neill January 28, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The lowest " Responsible Bid " ought to be the bid approved by the members of any board. Pat O'Neill
David Cheplic January 28, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Linda, thank you for this information. My bad, for not being more informed of the actual facts. I do want a timely and cost effective resolution to this situation, these buildings have been an eye sore for far too long and I look forward to "The Park" being put back into Kings Park. I am going to follow this much more closely being that it directly affects many of my friends, family and all the residents of Kings Park. I am still a skeptic having been involed directly in public works projects, I guess I just have to put my faith in the hands of our elected public officials that ultimately make the decisions.
Matt(easy like Sunday morning) February 04, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Seems to me that if this contractor is deemed qualified then why not expand the project up to the $15 Million budget? Why not take down building 93? Or is this just a stimulus or demonstration project as Sen. Flanagan and Gov. Cuomo stated and not the initial remediation phase. Ultimately the entity that acquires the site will have to complete site remediation folks this will not remain state owned. Actually the stimulus as Flanagan suggests has merrit but only in the short term. From phone
Linda Henninger March 09, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Great News!! New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that a $6.4 million contract for a demolition project at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been awarded to National Salvage & Service Corporation. Work on the project to demolish 15 abandoned buildings and related structures at the site is expected to begin in mid-May. http://www.theparkadvocate.com/pdfs/Kings_Park_demolition_contract_approved.pdf
Michael D Marusevich June 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
At 6.4 million, I would call this a "low ball" budget to get in the door. Being in construction, over 25 years, I have been very weary of accepting the lowest bid. This opens up the door for change orders above the contract price. 15 buildings as it was stated all contain asbestos. This is a very costly segment of a project. Protection, of workers, and removal of contaminated waste is a very high cost. I find this project getting near a higher cost then the contratct price. Is there a way the public can watch the costs of this project?

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