Walla Walla officials open bids for new police station

Officials are sorting through the options to determine which to recommend.

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WALLA WALLA -- A call for bids to build the city of Walla Walla's new police station drew an even dozen responses, officials said today.

Twelve bids for the project were opened Tuesday, said Monte Puymon, engineering associate with the city Public Works Department. Engineering staff are still examining the bids to see if the low bid meets specifications.

"The bids were very good," City Manager Nabiel Shawa said today, with many of the low offers coming in well under the engineer's estimate of $7,283,200. But because there are a number of construction alternatives, city officials still have to sort through the bids to determine which one to recommend to the City Council.

Shawa said he will be meet later today with Walla Walla Police Chief Chuck Fulton to go over offers. The "target date" to present a recommendation is Tuesday when the Council is scheduled to hold a special meeting with the Walla Walla County commission.

The new station will be funded by proceeds from a bond proposal approved by voters in August 2009. Plans call for a structure totaling 28,000 square feet to be erected at Second Avenue and Moore Street. The current station in the basement of City Hall now occupies about 9,000 square feet.

Integrus Architecture of Spokane was chosen to design the new facility.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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