CORINTH – The winning contractor for the Alcorn County Justice Complex, which includes a regional jail to house state inmates, will be announced later this month.
Nine contractors submitted bids that were opened Wednesday. The lowest came from Flintco Inc. of Tulsa, at just over $17 million, a price tag that falls within the budgeted range, said project architect Michael LeBlanc. The highest bid was just over $20 million.
“I’ll look at the lowest bid and do a thorough check of the contractor and make a recommendation to the board,” LeBlanc said, “then the board determines the lowest and most responsible bid.”
The board’s selection will be announced at its next board meeting on Sept. 21.
Work to prepare for bond sales to finance the project begin immediately, said Tupelo financial specialist Lynn Norris. The groundwork already has been done and the sale of the bonds could be expected to take about 45 days.
Once the financing is in place the contractor awarded the project can be given notice to proceed, but a lot of dirt work remains to be done on the site, said board President Gary Ross.
The 148,000-square-foot facility will house a justice center to include county justice court, Corinth municipal court, the sheriff’s office, Corinth Police Department, Alcorn County emergency management and Alcorn County E-911; a 300-bed Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate facility; a 240-bed Alcorn County detention center; a 50-bed trusty dorm and a 70-bed dorm for inmates working to pay restitution.
Other bidders were Webb Building, Memphis, $17,676,400; Bell Construction, Brentwood, Tenn., $17,864,600; Jesco Construction, Fulton, $18,408,000; Worsham Brothers, Corinth, $18,655,000; Zeliner Construction, Memphis, $18,923,300; Smith Doyle Contractors, Cordova, Tenn., $19,593,000; Inman Construction, Memphis, $19,806,000; and Sanderson Construction, Tupelo, $20,151,000.
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