Bid Documents Needed for Township Municipal Campus

A November 2020 rear view rendering (at top) of the proposed Lower Pottsgrove municipal campus, featuring police patrol car parking and a police staff entrance

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A mid-February deadline looms as Lower Pottsgrove struggles to finalize drawings and other paperwork for its proposed municipal campus at the southeast corner of East High Street and South Pleasant View Road, the township solicitor warned the Board of Commissioners during its Monday (Feb. 1, 2021) virtual meeting.

The township wants to capitalize on openings in contractors’ schedules so construction on the more than $8 million facility housing both township administrative offices and its police department can begin in late April. To do that, however, it looks to stick to a schedule in which commissioners vote Feb. 18 (Thursday) to authorize seeking bids for the project.

As of Monday night, Solicitor Charles Garner Jr. noted, the township was still “awaiting bid documents” from its Bethlehem PA-based architects, Alloy 5. “There’s a timeline (to meet) on when bids go out,” Garner said, “and we haven’t received anything yet.” Township Manager Ed Wagner echoed those comments, saying the township’s designated construction manager raised similar concerns.

Garner pledged he and his staff were ready to expeditiously review the documents whenever they arrive. “The sooner you can circulate the bid documents, the better,” he added.

Wagner told commissioners he expected to talk with Alloy 5 representatives early this week to ensure the bid documents were on their way.

Also from the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting:
Township Amends Retirement Plan for Some Future Hires
422 Sound Barriers Considered in Lower Pottsgrove
Township Police Had Busiest January in Three Years
Bid Documents Needed for Township Municipal Campus
Update: Human Remains in Lower Pottsgrove Identified

Photo by The Post of an Alloy 5 artist’s rendering