The project for the Johnson County Healthcare Center to replace the existing Amie Holt Nursing Home, also known as the 2018 Project, took a hard hit Wednesday at the bid openings, when the bids came back at roughly $900,000 or ten percent higher than the engineer and architect's estimates.
Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward gave the news to the Hospital Board at their regular March meeting Wednesday night, saying the next step is to see if costs can be cut anywhere and then decide id the project is worth pursuing now or tabling for a year to see if that might get them a more favorable bid.
Fletcher Engineering had estimated the total project at $9,174,000 and CTA Architects had their estimate at $9,366,000. They ad hospital administrators were shocked when the bids came in substantially higher.
Although he did not have time to properly crunch the numbers before the board meeting, Ward said he and the engineers and architects would begin a game plan which will include looking at the individual bids and possibly find other contractors to re-bid; look into ways they can cut corners and reduce costs on the project; and finally make a decision on whether or not to move forward with the project and bring that decision back to the board for their approval.
The board will likely hold a special meeting in April to make a final decision.