Council Awards Contract for New Emergency Services Center

By Sam Jefson

June 11, 2014

Forest City Summit


FOREST CITY, Iowa – Forest City City Council members awarded a contract to Henkel Construction Company of Mason City on June 2 to be the primary contractor of the new emergency services center.

The center, located on the corner of J Street and Highway 69, will house the Forest City Ambulance Service and the Forest City Fire Department.

Henkel Construction submitted the lowest base bid out of eight total bidders for the project with a bid of $2.7 million. The council also awarded an alternate bid for the roof that reduced total construction costs by $139,000.

With the reduction in roof expense, the project is under the estimated construction cost of $2.7 million. The total estimated project cost is $3.1 million when including architectural fees and other costs.

Emergency service groups are still in the process of fundraising for the center. Forest City fire chief Mark Johnson said the hope is to raise an additional $200,000 for the building.

“Funds are available,” he said. “We would just like to raise a little more to be in a comfortable position.”

If fundraising goals are not met, discussion at the council meeting suggested using a fund set aside for capital expenses like fire trucks to help cover costs.

Johnson said the hope is to avoid that scenario, and obtain additional grant funding this summer and fall.

With the tight budget, the council decided not to include the alternate bid of adding in-floor radiant heat to the ambulance service truck bay at this time. Including the project would have added another $38,250 to construction costs. The council may revisit the issue depending on possible unforeseen project costs after dirt work is completed.

The next step in the building process is for the city to approve the contract at the June 16 meeting. A tentative completion date is set for June 2015.

Once completed, the center will be a single-story building and face west toward U.S. Highway 69.