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Carson-Mitchell Inc. submits the lowest bid for upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems of Missouri State University’s Blair-Shannon residence hall.
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Carson-Mitchell Inc. submits the lowest bid for upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems of Missouri State University’s Blair-Shannon residence hall.

MSU board to vote on contracts with Carson-Mitchell, DeWitt

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The Missouri State University Board of Governors is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to award construction contracts to Carson-Mitchell Inc. and DeWitt & Associates Inc. for projects at the school’s Springfield and West Plains campuses.

The local project, which has a total funding source of $660,000, calls on upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems of the Blair-Shannon House residence hall on MSU’s Springfield campus, according to the board’s Feb. 22 agenda.

Carson-Mitchell submitted the lowest bid of $510,696 for the base bid and four alternatives. However, the second alternative — connecting air conditioning units in a data center and offices to the district chilled water system — is not being accepted due to its $142,722 cost. That brings Carson-Mitchell’s bid down to $367,974.

If its bid is approved, Carson-Mitchell would replace the failing electrical substation in the residence hall’s basement, among other upgrades, according to the agenda.

At MSU’s West Plains campus, a project with a total funding source of $585,000 would result in the construction of a new outdoor amphitheater.

DeWitt & Associates bid $370,800 for the project, which was higher than the $348,500 bid from Hambey Construction LLC. However, MSU staff are encouraging approval of DeWitt’s bid since the construction firm expects to complete the project in 120 days, lower than the 135 days predicted by Hambey Construction, according to the agenda.

The work is slated to start in the spring semester and finish during the summer.

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