Vancouver has a deal for City Hall remodel

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council’s award of a $1.77 million contract to a Ridgefield-based construction firm Monday night brings the city one step closer to its summer deadline to move into its new City Hall.Skyward Construction entered the lowest bid in a second round of bidding for the project, which will provide needed changes to the building’s interior to accommodate its change from a former newspaper headquarters to a municipal base.The building, at 415 W. Sixth St., will house customer service operations, a new permit center, and a large multiuse meeting space on the ground floor. The second floor will house the city council chambers, the city manager’s office and CVTV offices. The third and fourth floors will be occupied by other city departments, while unoccupied space on the sixth floor will become home to a CVTV production studio. The fifth floor and most of the sixth will continue to be leased to private companies.Vancouver purchased the six-story LEED gold certified building from Bank of America in June 2010 for $18.5 million. The Columbian and its publisher, Scott Campbell, had no financial stake in that sale. The city also bought The Columbian’s former leased office furniture for $200,000, about 11 cents on the dollar of the original price tag, from finance company G.E. Capital. The money for the interior construction was approved as part of the 2010 capital budget, Property Management Specialist Stephen Keller said Monday.The city council rejected the original round of bids for the interior work in February after one bidder complained that the city’s qualifications for bidding were too stringent. Skyward’s bid of $1.77 million was actually a bit higher than the first round of bids in February, which had a low bid of $1.73 by JWC Construction of Vancouver. JWC did re-bid for the City Hall construction contract, but raised its bid to $1.9 million.last_img