FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Six companies, including three local businesses, have won construction contracts for the new Fort St. John RCMP building.

On Monday, city council awarded tenders to four companies, which CAO Milo MacDonald says represents good value, includes local businesses and is within the project budget.

The contracts will cost the City a total of $14 million.

D. Bauer Mechanical Ltd, out of Fort St. John, received the mechanical contract costing the City just under $6 million. The integrated design team hopes to involve the contractors in the design of the building to reduce the number of construction changes.

According to the report received by council, the companies bid is below the amount allocated in the budget for mechanical by $445,686.

For electrical work on the building, a sub-branch of Abbotsford based Electrical Corporation in Fort St. John was awarded the contract for just over $5 million.

A contract for secondary steel was awarded to Charlie Lake-based company, Northern Legendary Construction Ltd, for $578,225.

Even after accepting the tenders on Monday, 70 per cent of the $23.3 million in contracts so far has been awarded to local companies.

Joy told council on Monday that most local companies are making bids under budget compared to external contractors.

“They’re very competitive locally, which is great to see.”

Other contracts awarded include:

Contracts have come under budget by $107,763 to date, which includes construction change notices.

The report states the $4.9 million in construction funds yet to be added to the project contingency there will be $6.7 million left to be allocated.

“The City is in a very good position, at this stage of the project to have confidence that we will remain on or under budget,” states Joy.

Another $1.6 million is anticipated to be allocated leaving $5.1 million remainings to offset future unanticipated costs. The numbers don’t include $1.5 million from the FCM grant which will be applied to the cost of the building.