A Look at the Past – Medical Arts Center

25 Years
The Belleville Telescope
March 19, 1992

Contractors’ Bids For Medical Arts Center $100,000 Below Estimates

The bid opening Tuesday afternoon, March 17, for the North Central Kansas Medical Arts Center in Belleville revealed a low bid nearly $100,000 below the architect’s estimates. Oetinger-Lloyd Construction of Clay Center was apparent low bidder with a base bid of $884,700.

Members of the North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation and Republic County Hospital boards of directors planned to meet Wednesday morning to approve the bid and make a recommendation to Republic County Commissioners.

Russell Jones, architect, Salina, was to contact Oetinger- Lloyd Tuesday afternoon to verify the bid, and make a report at the Wednesday morning meeting. Commissioners are scheduled to act to approve a bid at their Monday, March 23 meeting. “We are very, very pleased,’” said Edwin Splichal, chairman of The Foundation board of directors. “This bid will allow us to have a complete building, elevator, and parking lot, a whole turnkey project. This has been a longterm project so many people have worked hard for and dreamed about for such a long time. To see bids come in at least $100,000 below the best estimates is more than we could have hoped for.”

Construction companies were asked to bid on the project as a whole, and then make alternate bids for a building without an elevator, without the parking lot, or changing the planned concrete parking lot to asphalt.

Bond, Donations

Just under $600,000 was raised toward the construction of the clinic for Republic County physicians and dentists with a general obligation bond issue in January. The Foundation has about another $300,000 in donations earmarked for the building, said Splichal.

Even though Republic County Hospital has pledged up to $200,000 to assist with the construction, the hospital money may not be used if contributions to the project continue at their present pace, said Splichal.

“The way contributions have been coming in it looks like we’ll have enough to properly furnish the clinic,” he noted. “Any contribution deducts from the amount the hospital will have to put into the project.”

Seven Bidders

Seven contractors from across the state submitted bids to oversee construction of the building.

Other firms and their bids are: Harbin Construction, Salina $905,000; Busboom & Rauh Construction $908,290; The Osborne Company, Manhattan $979,900; Salina Building Systems, Salina, $992,187; Rhoads Construction, Goodland, $998,400; and Cheney Construction, Manhattan, $998,400.

The Oetinger-Lloyd bid calls for the building to be completed in 250 days.

Splichal said it seems likely groundbreaking for the project could come in mid to late April, with construction completed around the first of the year. Early official estimates put cost of the building at $1.1 million. The latest architect’s estimate was $980,000.