Tacoma Bid Watch: Chinese Reconciliation Park update, transient camp cleanups, and ADA improvements

The Tacoma Daily Index often publishes the City of Tacoma’s calls for bids asking contractors to meet the City’s needs on a range of supplies, services, and projects. Here is a short-list of some recent and notable calls for bids issued from Tacoma City Hall.

First, following up on an item reported in the Tacoma Daily Index last month (see “Tacoma Bid Watch: Chinese Reconciliation Park, Sheridan Elementary Safe Route, and sidewalk improvements,” Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 16, 2014), six contractors have bid on a project to complete the third phase of Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park.

Bid documents prepared by City staff, as well as a legal notice published last month in the Tacoma Daily Index, show the project aims to increase the size of the current parking lot by adding an additional 30 parking spaces; remove approximately 1,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil currently stockpiled on-site underneath the Schuster Parkway bridge; and install signage, a bamboo wall with a Chinese motif, plantings, and lighting. The project budget is estimated at $320,000. The bid deadline was originally set to expire at 11 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 20. The deadline was later revised to expire at 11 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 27.

According to information on the City’s Web site, the following contractors submitted bids: A Advanced Septic Services, Inc. (Puyallup, Wash. — $388,943.65); WHH Nisqually Federal Services (Tacoma, Wash. — $412,628.85); Northwest Cascade, Inc. (Tacoma, Wash. — $436,600.59); T Miller Construction (Auburn, Wash. — $384,909.25); Jennings Northwest LLC (Sumner, Wash. — $457,359.05); and Nordic Construction (Tacoma, Wash. — $426,163.15).

Second, the City is looking for a contractor to provide on-call services to clean up transient camps and remove hazardous materials at sites throughout Tacoma, according to a legal notice published this week in the Tacoma Daily Index. Bid documents prepared by City staff show the first transient camp site to be remediated under the contract is the so-called “T Street Encampment” near Portland Avenue Park. The project budget is estimated at $50,000. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Tues., Feb. 10. A contract is expected to be awarded in March and expire at the end of 2016. More information is available online here.

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Third, following up on an item reported in the Tacoma Daily Index earlier this month (see “Tacoma Bid Watch: Fire simulation training, ADA street improvements, and gateway signage,” Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 6, 2015), five contractors have bid on a project that would bring ADA improvements to four sites in Tacoma — Peoples Community Center, located at 1602 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Way; Pantages Theater, located at 901 Broadway; Rialto Theater, located at 310 S. 9th St.; and the Swasey Branch of the Tacoma Public Library, located at 7001 6th Ave.

Bid documents prepared by City staff show project improvements include pavement, curb, gutter, and sidewalk replacement; new signage; and traffic control. The project budget is estimated at $100,000. The bid deadline expired at 11 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 23.

According to information on the City’s Web site, the following contractors submitted bids: AA Asphalting, Inc. (Sumner, Wash. — $177,828); T. Miller Construction (Auburn, Wash. — $177,802.05); Northwest Cascade (Puyallup, Wash. — $235,891.47); Westwater Construction (Seattle, Wash. — $236,333.85); and Asphalt Patch (Puyallup, Wash. — $203,210.37).

Finally, following up on an item reported earlier in the Tacoma Daily Index (see “Tacoma Bid Watch: 3 acres for sale, fire simulation training, and building demolition updates,” Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 22, 2015; “Tacoma Bid Watch: Gangs, graffiti, and South Tacoma Way / Water Ditch Trail upgrades,” Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 9, 2014; and “Tacoma Bid Watch: Foss Waterway Esplanade, ammo recycling, and People’s Community Center swimming pool,” Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 13, 2015), the bid deadline has once again been revised for a project that aims to bring a range of road improvements along a significant stretch of South Tacoma Way.

Bid documents prepared by City staff show the project calls for an asphalt overlay, ADA ramps, sidewalk, curbs, gutters, and streetlights on South Tacoma Way, between South 56th Street and South 66th Street, as well as South 43rd Street and South 47th Street. The project also aims to improve two sections of the Water Ditch Trail — first, the traffic signal at South 58th Street will be upgraded to better serve pedestrians; and second, the Water Ditch Trail will be constructed between South Tacoma Way and the new Sounder Station. The budget is estimated between $2.7 million and $3 million.

The bid deadline was originally set to expire at 11 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 13. It was later revised to expire at 11 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 20. Yet again, it was revised to expire at 11 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 27. It has been revised once more to expire at 11 a.m. on Tues., Feb. 3. More information is available online here.

To read earlier installments of Tacoma Bid Watch, click on the following links: