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Feds nudge Job Corps closer to construction bid

Feb 27, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday posted a "pre-solicitation notice" for construction services for the Wind River Job Corps facility scheduled to be built near the Riverton Regional Airport by 2015.

"This is just great news," said Sandy Barton, executive director of the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. "We're glad to see it out today."

She said the posting shows that plans for the job corps are progressing.

"We're not exactly right on the date (we're supposed to be), but we're within the ballpark," Barton said Wednesday. "We're excited this has gotten this far. Now the construction package will be out, and everyone will have a chance to see it."

She doubted that the notice would have been posted if DOL officials had any doubts about the project. Barton said a full construction solicitation should be listed by March 15, with a site visit to Riverton planned for the end of March or beginning of April.

"Then the construction bid is due April 30," she said.

The pre-solicitation notice can be viewed at fbo.gov by searching for keyword "Riverton."

According to the posting, the DOL is seeking bids from people who possess current and relevant experience, personnel and other capabilities necessary to perform construction services for the new job corps center.

The campus will consist of seven buildings covering a total of about 161,000 gross square feet. Structures will include a welcome center; administrative, wellness and student services buildings; an educational and vocational building; a cafeteria and warehouse building; a recreation center; and two dormitories.

The job includes major site improvements in the form of clearing, grading, general landscaping, road and parking lot construction, drainage, connection to all utility lines, installation of geothermal wells and site security lighting for the new buildings.

According to the DOL, "the magnitude of this procurement" will reach more than $10 million.

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