BROOKHAVEN, GA, September 13, 2016 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven has received bids from five vendors to construct and install/reface monument signs at the eleven parks the City owns, plus they got a bid for Brookhaven Park while they were at it – should Brookhaven own it one day. The bids were in response to an “Invitation to Bid” performed by the City’s Purchasing Department over the last few weeks. But after receiving the initial bids the numbers came in more than double of what they had expected.
According to a chart from Purchasing showing numbers from all of the bid respondents (below), to install or reface signage in all twelve parks the City received bids for, Integrated Construction submitted the lowest bid at $227,684.15. The highest, Diversified Construction of GA, submitted a $518,504.65 bid.
Looking at the numbers another way, the average cost for each individual park sign on the low-end came in at $12,649.11 while the highest bid came in at $28,805 per.
City Manager Christian Sigman told The Post the City will review the submissions from the lowest and most responsive bidder and work toward a solution that fits within the City budget. He said it is too early to tell if the Invitation to Bid should be reissued, prior to discussions with the bid respondents.
According to the Invitation to Bid, pricing for a total of 18 signs were requested, some totally new signs and some just being refaced. The City requested numbers to cover:
- Ashford Park: Reface 1 sign on the existing base
- Blackburn Park: Reface 1 sign on the existing base and construct 1 new one
- Briarwood Park: Reface 1 sign on the existing base, construct 1 new one
- Brookhaven Park: 1 new sign
- Clack’s Corner: 1 new sign
- Fernwood Park: 1 new sign
- Georgian Hills Park: 2 new signs
- Lynwood Park: Reface 1 sign on the existing base and construct 1 new sign
- Murphey Candler Park: Reface 1 sign on the existing base and construct 1 new sign
- Osborne Park: Sign to be included on Lynwood Park sign
- Parkside Park: 1 new sign
- Skyland Park: 2 new signs
The designs for the Park Monument signs were done by Atlanta based Sky Design, who created straight and curved versions. Clack’s Corner and Parkside Park are envisioned to have the curved design while the straight design would be installed at the other parks that are contemplated to receive new signs. The signs the City intends to reface would have the same graphics installed, but on the existing base.
In the City’s revised Parks Master Plan, rough estimates were to spend $5,000 on signs in some parks and $10,000 in parks that had multiple signs, averaging a little over $6,200 – a far cry from the numbers the City has just received.
The City says this is just the beginning of the bidding process and has not committed to anything at this point.
The two proposed designed are below.