The Erie County Sanitary Engineer selected KS Associates to design a new waterline to replace an inadequate 8-inch waterline on a route that began in Perkins Township on Bogart Road, proceeded south on Columbus Avenue, then on to Clark Road and Taylor Road, and back to Bogart. KS Associates prepared plans, specifications and an opinion of probable construction costs for the project, which included over 9900 lineal feet (L.F.) of 14-inch high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, 20 hydrants and 92 service connections. Other utilities occupying the corridor included sanitary sewer, storm sewers, and gas, as well as overhead and underground electric and telephone service.
The waterline was to be constructed within the road right of way. KS Associates performed customary bidding services for the Owner including distributing bid documents, issuing addenda, and attending the bid opening. The low bidder came in at $1,063,666, which was 23% below the Engineer’s Estimate. The low bid was a welcome surprise for Erie County, particularly considering the high bidder was at $2.2 million.
The County requested that KS provide construction administration services and a full-time resident project representative (RPR) for the construction phase of the project. Construction started in May 2001 and was completed in November 2001. KS held monthly progress meetings with the contractor and the owner, processed pay estimates, reviewed certified payroll reports and processed change orders. The primary project challenges included maintaining service to homeowners on the old waterline while constructing the new, expeditiously reconnecting water services to the new main once the testing and disinfection was complete, and restoring driveways and lawns to conditions that met or exceeded the pre-construction conditions The KS RPR personally worked with each resident to assured that the contractor’s work was satisfactory.