EVB gets nod for William St work
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff South Glengarry council awarded the job to provide architectural and engineering services for the reconstruction of a segment of William Street in Williamstown to EVB Engineering.
The Cornwall-based firm’s submission of $24,953 plus HST was the second lowest of six received by the township by the November 8 deadline.
Township general manager of infrastructure services Ewen MacDonald said at the most recent council meeting there were concerns with the lowest bidder, HSP Engineering, whose submission was $13,423 plus HST.
“We did not feel that their expertise was in roads design and construction,” Mr. MacDonald told council. “This firm has worked for us in the past, but they are more of a structural or architectural firm, for buildings and so on. When we reviewed it, they didn't have a whole lot of relevant experience.”
He added that EVB not only scored the highest in his department's evaluation matrix exercise, but that the firm “has the qualifications and the engineers that have the specific expertise,” particularly when it comes to the storm sewer design and reconstruction facet of the project.
The William Street project, consisting of three-quarters of a kilometre of road work and sewer replacement from County Road 19 to the Peanut Line Trail, will cost approximately $1.3 million.
Preliminary design plans for the work are scheduled to be done by March.
“The (reconstruction) project is to be completed by September, so we'll be tendering in the early part of the spring. At that point, we'll also be able to advise council of the (exact) cost of the project, based on the design,” he added.
WSP Global’s Cornwall office submitted the highest RFP bid at $80,305 plus HST.