MARIANNA — City officials met Monday afternoon to award a construction contract for the Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center expansion project.
Coming in with the lowest of four bids received, Southern Triad Construction is now on track to renovate a building that used to house the Jackson County Health Department, constructing expanded therapy facilities and offices for the City-owned Center.
The Bainbridge, Georgia, firm has completed a number of projects in the Jackson County area, including the Sneads High School cafeteria renovation that was completed earlier this year.
City Manager Jim Dean told commissioners that representatives with Architectural Concepts Inc., the design firm attached to the project, had reviewed the bid from Southern Triad, as well as higher bids from three other firms, and recommended that the City move forward with Southern. By comparison, the low bid was nearly a million dollars less than a $3.8 million high bid from Cathey Construction & Development. The RAM and Williams firms also competed for the contract.
With approval from commissioners, Center Administrator Melinda Gay says the next step is for city officials to negotiate a contract with Southern Triad Construction.
Utilizing the old Health Department building next door — a building the county government officially gave to the municipality in 2012 — means the only construction-related disruption current Center clients may experience would come from the late-project task of connecting the existing building with the new expansion. But the end result is something many are looking forward to.
“The residents are excited,” Gay said.
Once work begins at the site, Gay estimates it will be 10 months before she’ll be planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Center’s new wing, with its additional private rooms and expanded therapy facilities.