|Bids awarded for new BG water tower|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:22|
Bowling Green's Board of Public Utilities Monday night awarded bids for construction of a new 1.5 million gallon water tower and demolition of towers on Manville Avenue and Haskins Road.
The contract for the tower was awarded to Landmark Structures LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, for $3,255,000. The demolition bid was awarded to Iseler Demolition, Romeo, Mich., for $88,900.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said the engineer's estimate on the tower project was $3.4 million.
The composite water tower, which utilizes a concrete pillar with a steel bowl on top was about $480,000 less expensive than a steel tower such as the city towers at Carter Park and on Mitchell Road. Perrysburg is building a similar tower near Ohio 25 at the south edge of that city.
O'Connell said the pillar towers were developed in Canada and are becoming more popular in the United States. Other examples in the area can be found at Campbell's Soup in Napoleon.
Construction will begin later this year with completion by July 31, 2015.
The 500,000 gallon Manville tower was constructed in the late 1940s and is in need of expensive rehabilitation. The Haskins site is a booster station that has been out of service for at least 10 years.
The new tower will be located on West Newton Road.
Later Monday night city council approved purchasing just under one acre of land on the south side of Newton Road from Richard P. Van Vorhis on which to locate the tower.
The project was approved with emergency legislation in order to be eligible for low interest financing and a $325,000 to offset a portion of the tower cost.
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