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Ashland company poised to get Medford police project

 Posted: 5:20 PM April 02, 2014

Adroit Construction Co. of Ashland has provided the apparent best bid to expand Medford police's evidence control center for a cost not to exceed $523,400.

"We were fortunate to get it the second time," said Bob Mayers with Adroit.

The City Council will review the bids at its noon meeting Thursday.

Last year, the council rejected the bidding process for the evidence center, citing confusion over how a committee determined the winner at the time, which was Adroit. The company's bid came in at $474,000 at that time.

Medford police want to construct a 2,223-square-foot, two-story storage building as an addition to the Police Property Control site in west Medford. Officials say the existing 4,900-square-foot evidence center is running out of space.

The proposed addition includes more storage area and two bays where vehicles involved in crimes can be searched. The two-bay vehicle search area will free up a similar area in the existing building for evidence storage.

Last year, a four-member committee rated the proposals, ranking the overall approach to the project with the most points, followed by qualifications of key personnel, then rates and expenses and, finally, the company's project history.

Adroit scored the best on key personnel, overall approach and project history but came in last on rates and expenses.

In the latest bid, the city gave the most points to rates and expenses. Overall approach to the project and key personnel will each receive the second highest amount of points, followed by history.

Under the new scoring criteria, Adroit again received the top score.

— Damian Mann

Read more in Thursday's Mail Tribune.

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