In preparation for turning the section of Second Street between Cherry and Poplar streets into a vision block -- what Mayor Robert Reichert wants all of Second to look like someday -- construction manager Chris R. Sheridan & Co. sought to attract local subcontractors Thursday.
Aiming at getting bids from small businesses owned by women or minorities, Sheridan staff set up in the Anderson Conference Center for several hours in the afternoon. Owners of small construction-related companies filled out forms that asked for basic company information, experience, skills, safety records and how much work they could handle.
Among them was Rietta Wilder of D. Wilder Landscaping, based in Monroe County. She wasnt very familiar with the Second Street plan and hasnt worked with Sheridan before, but she has done lots of work for the city, she said.
Ive been doing yards for 25 years, Wilder said. Now that shes retired she can bid on more tasks and hire more people, she said.
Wilder said she heard about the subcontracting meeting when Alex Habersham, owner of the Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages, called her.
Thomas Rogers, project manager for Sheridan, said the meeting was advertised through Habersham and also through word of mouth, which got the companys phones ringing.
There is a tremendous grapevine among the tradespeople in Middle Georgia, Rogers said.
Sheridans staff wants to find out potential subcontractors capabilities so they can tailor the bid packages to what smaller companies can handle, he said.
We are totally committed to as much local participation as we can possibly get on this project, Rogers said.
Companies capable of doing basic site and utility work, landscaping and irrigation, concrete and masonry are needed, according to the project description.
Even if potential subcontractors missed Thursdays event, they still can be considered as long as they contact Sheridan before bid packages go out, Rogers said. That should be about 60 days from now, he said.
Interested companies can contact Greg Cook, Sheridans director of pre-construction services, at 478-743-1578 or at email@example.com.
Reichert has said he wants construction underway on the vision block by Jan. 1, Rogers said. Construction is expected to take about 120 days.
The special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters in November 2011 included $8 million for the first phase of turning Second Street into a landscaped, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly corridor. One part of it, the vision block, will cut traffic lanes on the Cherry-Poplar block from four to two, landscape the sidewalks and add a bicycle lane.
We are still in the preliminary design stages for the project, Rogers said. Final designs from architectural firm T.Y. Lin International should arrive any day, he said.
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