© Geraldine Brophy
The tender to replace the heating system at the Corner Brook Museum and Archives has come in over budget. Council has rejected the bids submitted and will reconsider its options to replace the system with the existing budget.
Mayor Charles Pender is disappointed that a plan to replace the heating system at the Corner Brook Museum and Archives won’t happen just yet.
The plan had been to convert the oil-fired heating system to an air to air system. The new system would take cold air from the exterior and heat up the air inside the building using a system of small pipes. There would be no external source like electricity or oil involved.
The project had been approved last December with an estimated cost of $150,000 to be shared between the city and the museum on a 50/50 basis. The city was responsible for the planning, preparatory work and tendering of the project.
The tender closed on Aug. 14 and two bids were received.
The low bid from Blanchard’s Heating and Cooling Ltd. at $178,822.50 had to be disqualified because the company used an incorrect tender price table. However, that bid and the second one of $291,491.41 from Direct Energy Business Services were both over budget.
City staff recommended council reject both bids and reconsider its options to replace the system within the existing budget.
During Monday’s council meeting, council voted to do just that.
Pender said with city hall being a green building it’s important to replace the museum system with something that is more energy efficient.
He said the city will work with the museum board on how to proceed.
On Thursday, Charles Cameron, chair of the museum board, had not officially heard from the city and said he could not offer an official reaction at this time.
He said the plan had been to close the museum for September and October for the installation of the new system to be carried out, but based on what he’s heard unofficially the facility will likely remain open.