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February 2003
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Bidding set to Begin

Architects from Hobbs-Black Associates of Ann Arbor expect to send the final bid package for the new Beaver Island Rural Health Center to invited General Contractors between January 24 and 31. Two and possibly three Island contractors, as well as four off-Island firms, are expected to respond to the bid request within the three-week window of opportunity, according to Kevin Kerschbaum, lead architect on the project.

The General Contractors will be encouraged to solicit subcontractors from those based on the Island. Island subs interested in seeing the bid package are invited to contact Kerschbaum at (734) 663-4189. A full list of all the contractors and subcontractors who have expressed interest in the project will accompany the plans sent to the General Contractors to insure a fully-open bidding process.

Construction of the 7,000 ft2 building is expected to begin in April of 2003, with the first patient treated in early 2004. The new Health Center will replace the current facility, which was built in 1953.

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