Masonry repair work to be done at county

The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners awarded Advanced Masonry, of St. Paul, the bid for a masonry repair project that will cost about $200,000.
Advanced Masonry had the lowest of three responsible bids at $199,865. Building Restoration, of Roseville, came in with a bid of $336,988. American Masonry, of Fridley, had the highest bid of $361,200.

Advanced Masonry reportedly was able to provide a significantly lower bid due to its close proximity to the job site, which will lower the mobilization and overhead costs of the project as well as availability of internal resources.

The 2017 facade repair project is intended to replace a 1993 addition’s masonry flashing (thin pieces of impervious material installed to prevent water from getting into a structure) and wall deficiencies found throughout various areas of the government center. The scope of this work covers 25 window openings along the north and west facades of government building’s first floor.

The county board was asked for and provided a $15,000 contingency for unforeseen issues for a total of $214,865. The money will come from the year end budget savings fund.

The bid was approved on a 4-0 vote with one abstention by Commissioner Ewald Peterson, who noted he had a relative who worked for the masonry firm.