Bethel Services named pool contractor

by Mark Arehart on December 7, 2012

Bethel Services Incorporated has been named the contractor for the Yukon Kuskokwim Regional Aquatic Health and Safety Center.

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But they can’t start digging just yet.

Now the pool project has an architect in Architects Alaska out of Anchorage, a project manager in Project Development Services or Pro Dev, also out of Anchorage in addition to the contractor.

Bethel Services is a subsidiary of Bethel Native Corporation, and had to beat out six other companies for the bid.

Doug Cobb is with the project manager firm, Pro Dev; and is part of the contractor search committee.

“First place score: Bethel Services. Their total price, including one wind turbine, is $20,044,750,” Cobb said.

Cobb said SKW Eskimos, out of Anchorage, came in second with a slightly more expensive bid.

But, he said, the price was just one of many factors.

In fact, Cobb said, the third place finisher actually had the lowest quote, Osborne Construction out of Washington State, which came in at just under $20 million.

But, Bethel Services beat out Osborne in factors such as design approach and past performance, Cobb said.

Now with all the cogs in place, Architects Alaska is finalizing the design plans for the structure and will work with Bethel Services to actually start construction. Pro Dev will coordinate with both firms and report back to the City to make sure the project is going according to plan.

Bethel City Manager Lee Foley said he hopes to have the design plans finalized soon and piles to start driving in February.

The pool is scheduled for completion the fall of 2014.

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