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Commissioners pick Dow Smith for new fire station

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 in a special meeting Monday to go with Dow Smith Contracting Co. for the design and construction of the new emergency services building in Providence. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty said the decision came down to that it would be quicker than the original plan of going with phase two services with Lyman, Davidson, Dooley, the group that the city paid to design the new fire hall, and would save the city a quarter of a million dollars.

“I’m going to vote for that every time,” said Hagerty. 

The bid came in at 1.15 million dollars, which was considerably less than what Lyman, Davidson, Dooley had projected. That firm also couldn’t actually build the project, so the bids for the build wouldn’t have gone out from at least 90 days from now after phase two services were done. 

“The plan is way ahead where it would have been,” said Interim City Manager Kenny Martin. 

Dow Smith Contracting will take two months planning and design, followed by six months for building, which lead to a completion sometime in the Spring of 2013. 

Dow Smith Contracting was one of 13 companies that put in bids for the project. Public Works Director Marlin Keel, Chief Building Official Dwayne Hicks and Parks and Recreation Director Jay Cameli, who is also an engineer, picked three best proposals and submitted them to the commissioners. Dow Smith was the cheapest of the final three. Their team is made up of Architect Jeff Hall and Civil Engineer Rob Porter. 

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