Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July Newsletter

Here is the latest newsletter for the Dexter Community Farm Project

Contractors: Invitation to Bid


Project: Fossa Building Revitalization
Owner: Dexter Regional Development Corporation
122 Number 10 Road
Dexter, ME 04930

Architect/Engineer: Plymouth Engineering, Inc.
P.O. Box 46, 30 Lower Detroit Road
Plymouth, Maine 04969

Date: July 17, 2012

Bidders are invited to submit a Bid to the Owner for Fossa Building Renovation at 4 Main Street, Dexter, Maine. The Owner will receive Bids until 2:00 PM local prevailing time on August 7th, 2012, for the following project:

Work site is an existing, ongoing project. The project is funded with CDBG. The project is a mercantile space with commercial kitchen. It includes installation of two bathrooms, a mechanical system for heat, interior walls to finish rooms and insulating and supply wall finish on existing exterior walls and installation of electrical system. All work will need to be coordinated with Owner and volunteers.

The Owner requires the Project to be completed by October 18, 2012.

Bidding Documents for a Stipulated Price contract may be obtained directly from Plymouth Engineering Inc. for a fee of $60.00. General Contractors may opt to secure additional plans electronically from Plymouth Engineering’s website.

The website password will only be issued to general contractors by Plymouth Engineering to ensure a complete list of bidders.

Documents can only be obtained by general contract and subcontract Bidders.

Only full sets will be issued. Others may view the Bid Documents at the office of the Architect/Engineer.

A pre-bid meeting will be held at the site on July 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

Refer to other bidding requirements described in Document 00200 - Instructions to Bidders and Document 00300 – Additional Information

Submit your Bid on the Bid Form provided. Bidders may supplement this form as appropriate.

Your Bid will be required to be submitted under a condition of irrevocability for a period of 60 days after submission.

The Owner reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Bids.


Friday, July 13, 2012

the day has come

With the incredible help of Keith of Plymouth Engineering and his staff, we have the blue prints & manual done and the Phase 2 (finishing part) part of the project is going out to bid next week!!!!
The budget is over (of course) but today the DRDC board members whittled down things we are going to have to do with volunteers (like insulating in some areas & shelving, among other things). We are not going to be able to finish off parts of the building in the basement right off maybe, but we will finally get it open in the fall.
it has been a long road working with grants and doing everything by both code to fit the grants and normal Fire Marshall code, etc.

There were a lot of starts, stops and do overs with things out of "OUR" control, but we are rolling with the punches.
Because of Keith, he is leading us in the right direction, fixing past architects mistakes, and getting it right! Sometimes to my dismay because of commercial cost vs. Maine common sense, but he doesn't get fluster with my frustrations and tears. He just leads us to move on!!!

Next week, can you believe it??? I sure do hope that local contractors bid on this project and keep it local and keep the costs reasonable so we can finally open the Fossa Store and provide jobs in the store, education for the public and farmers, create jobs on the farms because we will be selling their local farm products and keeping it local!

Sorry I made this so long, but I could go on forever.... We are happy that this day has finally come.