Regional jail contact draws a lot of interest from region

CORINTH – A dozen general contractors and many other subcontractors jammed a small Alcorn County conference room Wednesday to learn details of the bid process for the Alcorn County regional jail and justice center.
A high number of potential bidders bodes well for getting a good competitive bid, architect Michael LeBlanc told supervisors in the planning stages of the project.
Half a dozen of the contractors represented Memphis businesses, while two others came from Brentwood, Tenn., and Brandon.
“Don’t they have any work in Memphis?” LeBlanc asked, to which he received the answer, “No.”
The 148,000-square-foot facility will house a justice center to include the county justice court, Corinth municipal court, law enforcement and emergency agencies; 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.
Early project costs were estimated at about $12 million, but design changes have raised that figure.
Bids will be opened Sept. 9. A bid will not be accepted from anyone who did not attend the mandatory conference, LeBlanc said.
Contractors have had access to the bid specifications for several weeks, but LeBlanc and his staff answered questions and pointed out requirements, including three alternate bids.
– Alternate 1 is a cost for a 50-bed trusty dorm broken out.
– Alternate 2 is a cost for a 70-bed restitution dorm broken out.
– Alternate 3 is a cost to use stucco on the exterior of the building, instead of a synthetic stucco material called EIFS, Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.
Project coordinator Irb Benjamin told contractors that details of utility hookups through Corinth Utilities and Alcorn Electric Power will be available next week.
County engineer Ricky Newcomb also noted that the bid should include dirt removal from the site to be transported about three miles to the county landfill on Farmington Road.
“We have an open-door policy and are available to answer your questions at any time,” LeBlanc said, stressing that he will demand a very high standard of work from all contractors and subcontractors. “This is a project you’ll have on your list of accomplishments for years into the future, and after all, all we have is our reputations.”

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