BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilors, Wednesday night, awarded the contract for the 27th Street Sewer Line Project to Bend-based Taylor Northwest, despite protests by a competing company. Bidding of the contract was based 60% on qualitative factors and 40% on cost.
Arin Atiyeh, of Emory and Sons Construction from Salem, told the Council the process was flawed since their bid was significantly less. “When the bids were read a few minutes later it was revealed that we were $3.107 million lower than that contractor. But based on the overall scoring we were not awarded the job. It’s time for you to reevaluate this process before awarding this project.”
Todd Taylor, of Taylor Northwest, praised the city on the bidding process, saying they have more experience. “I think it’s safe to say that if not bid correctly, that there is a probability for overruns. We put a lot of energy into this bid. We understand the cost of working in rock. That’s all we’ve done.” The sewer line on the 27th Street corridor will range from eight to 30-feet deep.
The council unanimously approved awarding the nearly $25 million contract to Taylor Northwest. City officials are hosting an informational meeting from 5-7 p.m. on June 30 at the Desert Streams Church on SE 27th. Click HERE
is slated to be completed by the end of 2017.