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$1.4 Million Cabrillo Bid by Davis Low
$1.4 Million Cabrillo Bid by Davis Low
Title$1.4 Million Cabrillo Bid by Davis Low
Original sourceWatsonville Register Pajaronian
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, all rights reserved. Used with permission.;
TypeNewspaper articles
Format14w x 16h inches
Text$1.4 Million Cabrillo Bid by Davis Low Frenzied Activity At Scene Apparent low bidder Friday for the first major construction stage at the new Cabrillo college was George W. Davis, a Watsonville contractor. When bids were opened at 4:30 p.m., Davis' base bid was $1, 411, 500—some $24, 000 lower than the next lowest bid by 0. E. Anderson. The bids covered construction of four main classroom buildings for the language, business and social science, mathematics and science, and engineering departments. Frenzied last minute activity characterized the bid-opening scene at the classroom annex building near Maple avenue and Blackburn street. A dozen contractors entered bids and their representatives used the special telephones installed by Cabrillo officials to take advantage of late downward cost adjustments by sub-contractors. The bids could be altered up until 4:30 p.m. when offers were scheduled to be opened. Lee Harris, Cabrillo business manager, and Dr. Robert Swenson, college president, officiated during the bid opening in the standing-room-only classroom annex. Bid figures were written in chalk on a blackboard previously prepared with the contractor's names and spaces for the figures. When all the figures were up and George W. Davis was the apparent winner of the contract, Dr. Swenson said, "It was good, tight bidding. We are very pleased that the apparent low bidder is a local contractor and that the subcontractors are also local firms. And we are pleased at the apparent low bid." Also pleased were Marjorie Luthy and Tom Howes, bookkeeper and foreman respectively for George W. Davis, who submitted the bid for the firm. Architects for the college had estimated the cost of the first stage of actual building construction at around $1.5 million. The high bid of $1, 564, 000 from Utah Construction and Mining Co., with three others bidders, exceeded the estimated figure while the other eight bidders were below the $1.5 million mark. Mrs. Luthy and Howes, acting for Davis, said they completed their bid just moments before the deadline, using a kitchen table as a desk. Subcontractors for Davis were as follows: Reinforcing stell, Steelfab of Castroville; masonry, Stumpf and Sons of Santa Cruz; sheet metal, continued on page 2
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