Judith Basin County library dream moves closer to reality

By: 
Vick McCray
Special to the News-Argus

Members of the JB County Library building committee peruse the eight proposals submitted by construction companies interested in the expansion and remodel project. The committee eliminated four of the companies last week in order to come up with their short list. (Front, from left) Chairman Carolyn Jette, Powell Becker, Roger Campbell, Lea Mitchell, Connie Becker, Sherry Berg, Jeremy Grove, Gene Todd and Scott Hughes. Not pictured are Pat Hubble and Sharon Killham.             Photo by Vicky McCray

The Judith Basin County Library building committee met last Wednesday at the library to whittle down the number of Request for Qualifications and Proposals they received from general contractors contract managers interested in the library construction project. Although the committee had interest from 12 GCCMs, only eight of them prepared a proposal. 

On Wednesday committee members put together their short list, four of the eight companies. Slate architect Scott Cromwell provided committee members with a scorecard for rating the proposals and members were asked to include their “gut feelings” in their scoring.

A site walk for the four chosen GCCMs took place on last Tuesday, and they were given questions for thi week’s interview.

The four contractors making the cut are Robinson Construction, Diamond Construction, Guy Tabacco Construction and Sletten Construction.

Robinson is located in Black Eagle. They have been involved with the C.M. Russell Museum on many projects and last year built the Big Sandy Branch Library. Their work, according to former clients, exceeds expectations in quality. They are timely and budget conscious. One recommendation noted the company’s thoroughness and trustworthiness, as well as their desire to give each project their undivided attention.

Diamond is located in Helena. Their client reviews are positive, noting the company’s exceptional cost control, impeccable communication (both written and verbal) and timely performance. They pay close attention to detail and exhibit a deep concern for their clients. Diamond already has a working relationship with Slate Architecture. Two of their projects are Shodair Children’s Hospital and Masonic Home of Helena. They believe six to seven months should be plenty of time for the library project.

Guy Tabacco is a Black Eagle business, established in 1946. The company began with small residential and commercial projects and cabinetry, but has since moved to larger commercial and industrial. They take pride in every job they do and commit to completing projects on time and within budget. They are team players. They have completed a large number of projects in Great Falls, including Scheels Sporting Goods and the Great Falls International Airport remodel. Once full design documents are available, they believe the project can be done in seven to eight months.

Sletten was established in Great Falls in 1928 and has since opened offices in Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Wyoming. They are employee owned and noted for their cooperative spirit and team mindedness. They keep the client’s best interests at heart and work to maintain budget and schedule throughout the project. Their projects include renovation of Glasgow High School and building the Animal Foundation Shelter in Great Falls. They feel the library project can be completed in six months.

The building committee interviewed each of these four companies. All committee members were in attendance and included their own questions along with the interview questions provided at the walk through. A GCCM will be chosen following the conclusion of the interviews and committee discussion and consensus.

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