The Marysville Board of Control voted Sept. 2 to select general contractor Elford Inc. to build the new Municipal Services Complex at 209 S. Main St.
The city initially estimated the cost for the complex at close to $7 million. But the 10 bids received by the city ranged from $5.7 million to $6.4 million.
"Elford had the second-lowest bid but their references and the previous projects they have completed is what set them apart from the others," City Administrator Terry Emery said. "All the bids were close. It was a very competitive bidding environment and the city really benefited from that."
In recent years, Elford Inc. -- whose bid came it at $5,765,964 -- has built Dublin Methodist Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital (McConnell Heart Hospital), the National City Bank branch in Westerville and Walnut Creek Elementary School in Galena.
City Engineer Valerie Klingman said she is looking forward to working with such a well-established company.
"They have a dynamic project management team and I anticipate this project will run seamlessly," she said.
The plan for the Municipal Service Complex is to demolish the building currently housing City Hall, municipal court and the police department to make way for more downtown parking.
Emery said expanding the parking lot at the corner of Main and Sixth streets would nearly double available Uptown parking to 150 spaces.
"We're just so excited to get started," Emery said. "Next week, we'll be moving the firefighters from Main Street out to the Decker Fire Station on County Home Road. Then our contractor will come in real quick and get the whole thing started."
The city has already finished work on the sanitary sewer adjacent to the complex, which Emery said "was basically the beginning of the project."
He expects the Municipal Services Complex will be complete by October of 2013.
Architect Moody-Nolan designed the complex to incorporate part of the existing fire station (built in 1934) with room enough to house the city's administration, city council, engineering, finance, fire prevention, human resources, information technology and firefighters and EMTs.
"The Municipal Services Complex will be a 'one-stop shop' where citizens can efficiently take care of their city business," Emery said.
By combining services into a single building, he said the city hopes to realize savings initially in construction costs but later in utility, repair and maintenance costs.
The city hopes to develop the property at the existing City Hall site and tentatively proposed an open-air farmers' market as one possible use for the site.