LONG BEACH — The wait will have to continue for Bolstad restroom renovations.
Long Beach City Council voted unanimously at its Sept. 4 meeting to reject all bathroom renovation project bids the city has received.
The bids were rejected due to being higher than city project estimates. Erik Fagerland, the city’s architect, estimated project construction costs between $225,000 and $250,000. The lowest bid the city received was for $450,736 from Collaborative Construction Solutions. Pacific Tech Construction’s bid for $497,317, while Rognlin’s bid for $525,000.
Because all three bids were at least $200,000 more than Fagerland’s estimate, he recommended to the city that it rebids the project in early 2019.
Mayor Jerry Phillips voiced interest in getting bids from more local companies.
The Bolstad restrooms were donated to the city by Washington State Parks. Phillips noted in early 2017 that renovating the bathrooms was a priority, as “they are badly decaying and require complete reconstruction.”
The project requires design work, bid documents, demolition of the old building and new building construction.
In September 2017, the council approved a $125,000 budget for the restroom renovations as part of its six-year capital facilities plan. The budget was increased in May 2018 to $230,000 when the council approved a $230,000 bond to pay for the restroom renovations. In July 2018, the council approved a $250,000 budget for the project as part of its six-year capital facilities plan with the intention of funding the project in 2019.