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The Suburbanite
  • County hires companies to renovate Bow Building

  • Stark County commissioners on Wednesday awarded nearly $1.5 million worth of contracts to five different companies to renovate the former Frank T. Bow Federal Building.

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  • Stark County commissioners on Wednesday awarded nearly $1.5 million worth of contracts to five different companies to renovate the former Frank T. Bow Federal Building.
    Commissioners hope to move the county Public Defender’s Office as well as several common pleas court programs to the Bow building at 201 Cleveland Ave. SW in February. The county obtained the building from the federal government last year.
    The work includes renovations to the lower and main floors of the 79-year-old building, roof repairs, plumbing repairs and fixtures, replacement of lighting fixtures and installation of a card access and closed circuit television security system. Not included in the contracts awarded Wednesday is repairs to the parking lot, estimated to be $75,000, and work to connect the building to the county’s voice and data communication network, which is estimated to cost $185,750.
    The contracts were awarded to:
    • General construction: WM Pachan Construction Co. of Canton Township for $837,306.
    • Electrical: Abbott Electric of Canton for $334,677.
    • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning: Standard Plumbing & Heating of Canton for $165,510.
    • Plumbing: Doerschuk Plumbing and Heating of Nimishillen Township for $78,668.
    • Security: Abbott Electric of Canton for $32,362.
    • Masonry restoration: Ameriseal & Restoration of Akron for $18,530.
    For the heating, ventilation and air conditioning contract, Synergy had submitted the lowest price at $139,800, but architect Rodney Meadows said the firm was disqualified after learning that Kent State University had fired the company due to unacceptable work. Meadows said he also learned that Synergy formerly was called Meccon. Meccon’s owner, Ronald R. Bassak, admitted in federal court in 2010 that he and his company bribed a U.S. Postal Service contracting officer to secure contracts for his company, according to the federal officials.
    With Synergy disqualified, Meadows recommended that commissioners hire The K Co. for the heating and cooling contract because it had submitted the next lowest bid at $158,000. The board instead chose to award the contract to Standard Plumbing & Heating, which had submitted the third lowest price, because the company is in Stark County. The K Co. is in Akron. The difference between the two contracts is $7,510.
    Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton also noted that Standard Plumbing & Heating recently won the heating, ventilation and air conditioning repair and maintenance contract for the county’s other office buildings.
    Half of the renovation cost will come from user fees that the Common Pleas Court collects. The rest will be paid from the commissioners’ permanent improvement fund, which cannot be used for daily operating expenses. Most of the nearly $1.6 million in the permanent improvement fund came from the sale of the Stark County farm.
    Commissioners expect some savings from moving the Public Defender’s Office and court programs out of the aging County Administration Building, which will be sold, and from moving the court’s Day Reporting program from its leased location on Raff Road SW.