Barely missed deadline disqualifies low schools bidder

The lowest bidder for construction of Medford's Jackson and Roosevelt elementary schools has been disqualified for failing to meeting a deadline for turning in a list of subcontractors.

Under state law, the Medford School District cannot award the contracts to Robinson Construction of Bend because the company turned in its subcontractor list four minutes after the 4 p.m. deadline Thursday.

Robinson's elimination means the second lowest bidder, Batzer Construction of Ashland, will likely receive the contract.

The contract will be awarded at the Medford School Board's Oct. 7 meeting.

Robinson bid about $8.5 million to build both of the schools compared to Batzer's $9.1 million offer.

The other bids were $10.3 million from Adroit Construction in Ashland and $11.3 million from Hogan Construction in Centerville, Utah.

The state-mandated bidding process required bidders to submit sealed bids by 2 p.m. and a list of subcontractors by 4 p.m. Robinson met the first deadline but not the second.

The projects involve replacing portions of the schools built in 1911 and 1931 and renovating the libraries and 1949 classroom wings.

Batzer is a commercial general contractor in business since 1955 and has worked on recent Medford bond projects, including Washington Elementary and the new South Medford High School.

— Paris Achen

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