Mosaic Building Solutions will build Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory station No. 3 for $2,488,300.

The Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety awarded Mosaic the bid at its meeting Friday.

The Fort Wayne construction company was one of six bidders for the project. The others included Robinson Construction, Gibson-Lewis LLC, Milestone Construction, DJ Construction Co. Inc. and Hamilton Hunter Builders Inc. Bids were opened Sept. 8.

“The construction committee did get together this week and review the bids. (City engineer) James (Emans) reviewed the responsiveness of the bids. There were some items that needed to be in place by this morning. We did invite the low bidder and the second low bidder (DJ Construction), just to protect it, if those items weren’t here, then those bids would have been declared unresponsive,” Mayor Joe Thallemer said.

Aimee R. Shimasaki, architect and interior designer with MartinRiley, Fort Wayne, who has been working with the city on the designs for the fire station, said of the six bids received, Mosaic submitted the lowest with a base bid of $2,295,000.

“We met with (Fire Territory) Chief (Mike) Wilson, the mayor and the other people on the committee (from the fire territory), and then a few alternates were selected,” she said.

The alternates included adding a third apparatus bay for $182,000; using fiber cement board siding in lieu of vinyl siding for $12,700; and deducting $1,400 for tile showers in lieu of fiberglass showers. Those alternates put Mosaic’s total bid at $2,488,300.

The total amount of bonds sold in December for fire station No. 3 was $2.95 million, keeping it under the $3 million not-to-exceed amount the city council had set at its meeting Dec. 5.

Board member and City Councilman Jeff Grose asked for more information about the addition of the third apparatus bay.

Shimasaki replied, “Basically, in those initial renderings that we did, we did show the third apparatus bay, so it did not change much from what that apparatus bay  would look like. But basically we’re just going from two and adding a third bay and it’s got a gable roof on it.”

In his estimate, Thallemer said there should be about $150,000 remaining unspent for contingencies and change orders, but hopefully that won’t need spent.

In determination of the lowest bidder, Thallemer said it’s based on the base bid and not the base bid plus options, as required by state statute.

Emans added, “The second low bidder, DJ Construction, requested the local preference, which we had set into the documents. And even with applying that 1 percent reduction when we evaluated costs, Mosaic was still the low bidder.”

Grose thanked everyone’s efforts in this and moved to approve the recommendation of Mosaic. The motion was approved.

A special Board of Works meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the city council chambers, 102 S. Buffalo St., to approve a contract with Mosaic Building Solutions.

In other business, the Board of Works:

• Approved pay application No. 6 for the Husky Trail project in the amount of $27,135.68 for construction inspection services by A&Z Engineering LLC.

City Planner Jeremy Skinner said the cost will be submitted to the Indiana Department of Transportation for 80 percent reimbursement.

Thallemer asked for updates on the project.

“Slower than I hoped, but ... I’m still expecting it to be completed by the end of October,” Skinner replied.

• Approved pay application No. 20 for the second phase of the Market Street project in the amount of $25,500 to VS Engineering Inc. for preliminary engineering services

The city will pay 100 percent, but be reimbursed 80 percent by INDOT.

Skinner said, “We have submitted the right of way contract, waiting for INDOT to give its approval. Once we have their approval, we will acquire the rest of the right of way and hopefully be prepared to let this project (out to bid) early next year.”

• Approved accepting a quit-claim deed for a 5-acre catch basin from the Eisenhower Homeowners Association.

• Heard from Public Works Superintendent Jeff Beeler that NIPSCO will be closing Winona Avenue from Bronson to Smith streets from Monday through Sunday, and from Bronson to Maple streets at 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday for sewer repair.

• Heard from Thallemer that the railroad crossing at Anchorage Road will be closed until Thursday for repairs. The crossing will be entirely redone.