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Hanford REACH Interpretive Center bid discussions

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The Richland Public Facilities District board meeting Monday will discuss an item on the city council's agenda for Tuesday night.

It's a recommendation from city staff to reject the construction bid for the first phase of the project. Of the six construction companies that looked at the bid proposals, only one gave a bid and it came in one million dollars higher than anticipated.

Monday board members will discuss what they could take out of the bid and how to possibly change the documents to encourage more bidders. Board member, Richard Jansons, says they are committed to getting this done cost effectively.

"Our board's going to be very frugal and we're going to deliver the best project possible with the least amount of money possible. And that's why we're meeting tonight," says Jansons.

At the next scheduled meeting, MSA will provide an analysis on building costs. They will provide three cost options for building the first half of the structure. One of those options will include using a local architect and builder instead of the current Seattle based architect.

It's uncertain when the next bid proposals will go out, but the anticipated start date of July will now be pushed back to late summer at the earliest.

The REACH's new offices will be holding an open house tomorrow from 4 to 6pm.

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