Five Pine gets fairgrounds' bid

— The construction manager who will coordinate the building of the Routt County Fairgrounds arena is confident it can be completed in time for the fair.

On Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 to hire Five Pine Construction of Yampa to oversee construction of the new arena.

"It is realistic that the building can be completed," said Don Means, owner of the company.

Five Pine Construction was picked over four other constructions firms that submitted bids in an informal bidding process.

In the end, the board's decision came down to Means' company and TCD Inc.

Commissioners Nancy Stahoviak and Doug Monger voted in favor of Five Pine Construction. Commissioner Dan Ellison favored TCD.

The two commissioners based their decision on a number of factors, including Five Pine Construction's bid, the company's familiarity with building such an arena and because Means will serve as the onsite manager.

TCD submitted a lower bid $46,600 than Five Pine's $48,000. But commissioners noted that Five Pine committed to not exceeding its bid amount.

TCD, which has been involved in the project for about a year, submitted a bid where the price could end up costing more than the quoted price, Stahoviak said.

The commissioners also went with Five Pine because the firm constructed a similar arena in Eagle County.

"They have successfully completed one of these buildings," Stahoviak said.

Means said his firm worked with the new arena's manufacturer, EagleSpan Steel Structures Inc., and the firm hired to erect the building, Pro Steel Erectors, during that project.

The county is using the same two companies. The county paid EagleSpan $213,000 for the building and is paying Pro Steel $75,000 to construct it.

"I have a positive relationship with both those companies," Means said.

Ellison favored TCD because of its involvement in the project and the firm has completed a number of county projects.

With a project manager in place, county officials are confident the arena will be constructed in time for the 88th Routt County Fair in August. Officials expect construction will start in June.

For that to happen, the county conducted an informal bidding process to hire a construction manager.

The county was able to waive its formal bidding process because it would have delayed construction.

Means is confident he can meet the county's goal because he said the arena in Eagle County took four months to build.

Means said the arena can be built faster in Hayden because it is smaller than the arena in Eagle County and it does not include office space or other amenities.

Means will have the task of coordinating the schedule of numerous local firms working on the project. Means assured county officials that will not be a problem.

"I run a very organized and clean job site," he said.

Means is also donating $14,000 in labor toward the project.

The county is using a $300,000 Energy Impact Grant to pay for the construction of the building. The grant is also paying for site preparation that has to be done prior to construction.

The project has been made possible by fund-raising efforts in the past two years by local 4-H clubs and the Routt County Fair Board.

Along with the Energy Impact Grant, the board has also received grants from the Gates Foundation and Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

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