• Adroit wins bid for Medford police evidence center

    The Ashland construction company agrees not to exceed $523,400
  • Adroit Construction Co. of Ashland won the bid Thursday to expand the Medford Police Department's evidence control center for a cost not to exceed $523,400.
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  • Adroit Construction Co. of Ashland won the bid Thursday to expand the Medford Police Department's evidence control center for a cost not to exceed $523,400.
    Last year, the City Council rejected the bidding process for the evidence center, citing confusion over how a committee determined the bid winner, which also was Adroit.
    "We were fortunate to get it the second time," said Bob Mayers, co-owner of Adroit. The council approved the bid during a noon meeting.
    Medford police want to add an approximately 2,200-square-foot, two-story storage building as an addition to the Police Property Control site in west Medford. Also, the contract calls for remodeling a 620-square-foot vehicle bay.
    When it was first approved, Adroit's winning bid was $474,000. Mayers said the addition of an elevator by the city led to increasing the maximum cost of the project by about $50,000.
    The city took a different approach to bidding the project this year. Instead of looking for a low bid, the city asked the contractors to guarantee the project would not exceed $523,400, an amount set aside for the project. The funding comes primarily from money seized locally in fraud cases.
    The city proposed a "design-build" contract in which the city and the contractor would design the project together and attempt to keep costs down.
    One of the considerations for the city was how a contractor would keep the existing property control center functional and secure while the work is under way.
    Under the scoring criteria, Adroit received an 88, Batzer Construction, an 86, Ausland Group a score of 83 and Vitus Construction a score of 80. Adroit's bid had the lowest design charge of any of the companies at $5,500.
    Mayers said his company will work with the city to bring the cost below the maximum price while providing the best value.
    Aaron Ausland, chief executive officer of Ausland, expressed some skepticism about the bidding process.
    "I think they made the decision that they wanted to make," he said. "Everybody has their own way of deciding who is the best choice for them. You can't be everything to everybody."
    Medford police say the existing 4,900-square-foot evidence center is running out of space.
    The proposed addition includes more storage area and two bays where vehicles involved in crimes can be searched. The two-bay vehicle search area will free up a similar area in the existing building for evidence storage. Evidence must be retained for 50 years or more in certain violent crimes. Evidence from murder cases is stored for 99 years. Blood evidence is stored in refrigerated units. Drugs and guns are locked in separate rooms for greater security.
    Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Follow on Twitter at @reporterdm.
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