The bids have been unsealed and now the deliberations and number-crunching begins. Evansville Convention and Vistors Bureau officials are now tasked with selecting the companies who will build the new sports complex.
The CVB unsealed 26 bids from contractors interested in builiding the projected $14 million complex which will feature baseball, softball and soccer fields. The ballfields are expected to be built on North Green River Rd. near the Goebel Soccer Complex. CVB Director Bob Warren said the unsealing of the bids is a long time coming.
“This is a long process,” Warren said. “There is a lot of work that the bidders go into to get to this stage.”
The CVB received bids from contractors who could be chosen to work on certain parts of the sports complex like general construction, excavation and field lighting. Officials are looking for the lowest bidder but rather the lowest, most responsive bidder, officials said.
“Listening to the base bid numbers and listening to many of the alternatives, we have to believe that we’re going to be in pretty good shape when it comes to [the budget],” Warren said. “The good news is when this thing is playing ball, it will return somewhere between $13 and $16 million a year in direct expenditures in our communities.”
Warren said the CVB will award the general construction and site work bids as soon as possible in hopes of having the complex complete by the summer of 2015.
The CVB will announce it’s decisions at it’s next meeting next Wednesday.