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WMFR selects contractor for Station 2 remodel

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

WMFR Commissioner Scott Ricci, left, shakes hands with Greg Ross of Ross Built Construction Co., Holmes Beach, following a May 17 district board meeting where commissioners chose Ross to remodel Station 2. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

West Manatee Fire District commissioners May 17 selected Ross Built Construction Co. of Holmes Beach and Manuel Synalovski Associates of Fort Lauderdale as the design-build team for a $900,000 remodel project at Station 2.

With a unanimous vote among the three-member quorum, WMFR will look to Ross Built and Synalovski to propose structural changes needed to update and improve the 1987-built station at 10350 Cortez Road, Cortez.

The Ross-Synalovski team was top choice of WMFR’s selection committee, which interviewed five design-build teams, according to the Rev. Rosemary Backer, committee member. The teams had submitted proposals, including their qualifications and past projects, to the district in March.

Backer told commissioners the committee asked the same four questions of each team. Ross-Synalovski team members were the best prepared for the interview, she said. It was apparent they had spent the most time at the station, she said, as their answers indicated multiple ideas for improvements, as compared to the others applicants.

The committee was most impressed with Ross-Synalovski, and deemed the team “the best fit,” saying they were local, had done past remodeling for the district and “they really know what needs to be done,” Backer said.

The two teams of Manasota Commercial Construction Co. Inc. and World Design Inc., both of Bradenton, and Zirkelbach Construction Inc. of Palmetto and Klar and Klar Architects Inc. of Clearwater were recommended as runners up behind the Ross-Synalovski team.

The selection committee was comprised of Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church; Kerry Ward of Wells Fargo Bank and Scott Ricci, WMFR commissioner.

The committee first formed in 2007 to help the district select the facility survey firm that initially recommended the improvements to Stations 1, 2 and 3, as well as remodeling the district’s new administrative office building.

Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, was completed this year at a $307,000 cost. The entire facility was remodeled with the exception of kitchen cabinets and bathrooms. Repairs and renovation work for Station 2 are expected to be more extensive than Station 1, according to WMFR Chief Andy Price.

In 2011, the district completed its administrative offices, 5217 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

On both prior projects, WMFR contracted with Ross Built.

Prior to the unanimous vote of Commissioners Ricci, David Bishop and chair Randy Cooper, Ricci said, “I’m not entirely comfortable with the design-build,” and would liked to have chosen an architect for the district, but because it was a past decision of the board, he accepted it.

WMFR Commissioners Larry Tyler and Jessie Davis were absent.

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