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Trotter renovations under budget


Major Andrews IV

Major Andrews IV



Nathan Gregory



Bids for four components of the Trotter Convention Center renovation project will be opened Tuesday, while bids that have already been awarded are running under estimated costs, project officials say. 


Columbus councilmen have already authorized contracts with Graham Roofing for rooftop improvements and Advanced Air Systems for installation of a new air conditioning unit. Combined, those totaled $111,741, $3,529 less than the $115,000 estimated for those two portions of the project.  


A recently opened bid from Webster Electric Company for lighting improvements projected to cost $540,000 was $514,700, more than $25,000 under the estimate. Councilmen will have the option to approve the bid when they meet Tuesday. 


The project has been split into 10 separate components with the additional option of an elevator if the budget allows.  


In September, councilmen authorized borrowing an amount not to exceed $2.5 million from the Mississippi Development Bank and using in-lieu fees from Columbus Light and Water of approximately $225,000 a year to service the debt at a 4.55 percent interest rate. Andrews was hired in August as project architect for $80,000, 4 percent of the $2 million budgeted overall for renovations. J5 Broaddus is receiving $99,000, or 6 percent of the $2 million. It will not receive extra compensation for acting as the city's agent and hiring subcontractors. A $126,000 contingency fund is included in the budget.  


After bids for a general contractor came in well above the project budget, councilmen opted to make the city the general contractor with J5 Broaddus acting as the city's agent. 


Bids for courtyard improvements, flooring, Internet and lobby paneling will be opened Tuesday with bids for exterior repairs and interior painting soon to follow, Andrews said.


Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.



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