The City of Vermilion selected KS Associates to design a new waterline to replace a dead end 6-inch waterline along US Route 6 from Adams Street to Poorman Road in Vermilion Township, Erie County. The old waterline was subject to frequent breaks, resulting in unreliable service to customers and costly repairs.
The City financed the project through a $300,000 Ohio Public Works Commission Grant and a loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA). KS Associates was responsible for preparing the applications for both the grant and the loan. KS Associates prepared plans, specifications and an opinion of probable construction costs for the project, which included 17,000 lineal feet (L.F.) of 12-inch ductile iron watermain, 33 fire hydrants and 146 service connections.
The waterline was to be constructed on the south side of US Route 6 in ODOT 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 $806,906, which was 28% below the Engineer’s Estimate and 10% below the next lowest bidder.
The City requested that KS provide construction administration services and a full-time resident project representative (RPR) for the construction phase of the project. KS also prepared all draw requests associated with both the OPWC grant and the OWDA loan. Construction started in October 1993 and was completed in May 1994. KS held monthly progress meetings with the contractor and the owner, processed pay estimates, reviewed certified payroll reports and processed change orders.
KS provided important coordination with ODOT, since adequate traffic control was essential for the safety of the traveling public along this busy route.
Because the bid amount was low, KS was on guard for unwarranted contractor claims that might have increased the contract amount. The plans and specifications that KS prepared held up to the challenge.