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CYBER NEWS: 7-17-08 McInnis Brothers Awarded $36.5M Cyber Innovation Center Contract
Thursday, Jul 17, 2008 3:33pm
BOSSIER CITY, LA (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING:
CYBER NEWS  5:30pm 7-17-08
  "The Talk of the Town" has learned that McInnis Brothers Construction of Minden has been named as the general contractors for the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) multi-million dollar facility to be built in Bossier City, Louisiana.  Construction on the first building in the CIC is expected to start this August. 

G.B. Cazes, CIC Vice-President, confirmed to Tom Pace late Thursday, that local builders McInnis Brothers were named as the general contractors. 

Cazes told Pace the Bossier Parish Police Jury had made the annoucement earlier today.  According to The Times in their news article, the company's base bid, opened June 13, was $49.98 million, which through consultation with parish engineers was reduced to $36.5 million. 

Further details from The Times:  other bidders and their base bids were Caruthers Construction, $54.2 million, and Lincoln Builders of Ruston, $58.65 million.

"We're still working the nickels and dimes out," said Bruce Easterly, a parish engineer heavily involved in the project.

Contracts also were awarded for infrastructure improvements and for mechanical/electrical equipment.

There were five bidders for the infrastructure work and three bidders for mechanical and electrical equipment.

The low infrastructure bidder was SFC Contract Services, $9.28 million. Other bidders and their bids were Blount Brothers Construction, $10.94 million; McInnis Brothers Construction, $12.57 million; F.J. Burnell Inc., $10.82 million; and H&H Contracting, $10.25 million.

The low bidders for mechanical and electrical work was FitzGerald Contractors, with a $7.8 million base bid and a $35,000 additional alternative amount. Other bidders, with their base bids and additional alternative amounts were Bernhard Mechanical Contractors, $8.07 million base bid, $74,000 additional alternative; and RRAC Contractors, $8.41 million base bid, $38,000 additional alternative.

Bossier City officials earlier had signed off on the same bids, Bossier City Attorney Jimmy Hall, who was at the meeting, said. Bossier City and Bossier Parish put $50 million toward the new cyber center, designed to complement military efforts at Barksdale Air Force Base, where the Air Force is provisionally creating the Air Force Cyber Command. Louisiana also has committed $57 million toward the cyber effort.

The bid awards should allow the work to begin with few delays, officials said

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