Bartlett board rejects lone renovation bid

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003

Bartlett Regional Hospital's Board of Directors on Tuesday unanimously rejected an over-budget bid - the only bid received - for an expansion project.

The $40.9 million bid from Anchorage-based Cornerstone Construction was $11 million more than the city's $29.7 million construction estimate for the project. The board will meet May 21 with its architectural firm - NBBJ of Seattle - to review its options, Bartlett Administrator Bob Valliant said.

"We've made no decisions yet other than to reject the bid," he said. "The architects are putting together how they missed the cost estimate by so much. They'll present their findings to the board on the 21st and talk about the alternatives available."

Cornerstone had offered to negotiate with the city on the project's cost, but City Attorney John Corso advised against it, Valliant said.

Bartlett likely will redesign the project, hospital board President Ed Flanagan said.

"We'll look at all the options, but we're not going to give up," he said. "We may have to look at different methods. We're assessing right now what our options are."

The renovation and expansion, called Project 2005, would add 51,000 square feet of new space to Bartlett and renovate another 33,000 square feet. Work was to have started this year and finished in 2006, but Valliant said a redesign could delay the start of construction until next year.

The project would add new space for the emergency and imaging departments, intensive and critical care, obstetrics, the mental health unit and the mechanical department. It also would renovate the chemotherapy suite, cardiac rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, sleep lab and central registration areas.

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