At Tuesday night’s Windham Town Council meeting, the contract to construct and renovate the buildings located at 33 Main Street for the South Windham fire station was awarded to Hardypond Construction. The bid was for $1,007,366.
The bid was over what was initially budgeted for the project, but if the town makes changes to the scope of work, they hope to cut costs.
The project was approved by voters last winter and will hopefully be completed before the end of the year, according to town council chairperson Donna Chapman.
One of the architects on the project explained that in the last 18 months the cost of inflation for construction has gone up creating the discrepancy between the budgeted amount and the bid amounts.
“The cost to build is substantially more,” he said at the workshop meeting last week. “It’s still a good deal versus building a new station.”