“There is an initiative to change the contingency from 10 percent to something lower than that,” he said at the meeting.
Youth Center Building Committee Chairman Chris Huntress said even with the second-highest bid, “we will still have substantial contingency and we will still be able to move forward.”
He said the 10 percent contingency is part of the agreement between the Andover Youth Foundation and the Board of Selectmen.
Selectman Paul Salafia said he has been told that “if the bids come in too high, and they have to come up with additional money, they have the resources to do it.”
“They have other avenues so the project will move forward,” Salafia said. “I’m not at all worried.”
The other bidders were Seaver Construction of Woburn, at $4.75 million; Stutman Contracting of Oxford, at $5.1 million; and Delulis Brothers of Lynn, at $5.4 million.
In addition to the base bids, there are add-alternates, as they are called, for additional items in the project, including $18,000 for gym screens/curtains, $44,000 for gym wall panels, $24,000 for gym bleachers, $153,000 for a kitchen fit-out, $840,000 for a build-out of the multipurpose room and $36,000 for a rooftop screen.