Companies race to get bids in on jail expansion project

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - The Chatham County Detention Center faces overcrowding issues everday. The current jail was designed to hold just over 1,200 inmates. It currently holds 1,900 with the help of a temporary unit.

On Thursday, contractors hoping to build a jail expansion came down to the wire trying to get their bids into the Chatham County commissioner's room by 2:00 p.m. Entries were stamped as they came in.

The project is a major undertaking and will cost $114 million in SPLOST money.

"It's been a lot of time put in on this project, but the getting it right. We have an engineer on board, construction manager on board, the staff is on board and they've been working tirelessly to make sure all the loose ends are taken care of and so forth," said Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

The following is a list of companies that placed bids:

  • Hunt-Mills - $61,450,000
  • Hensel Phelps - $63,454,000
  • Skanska - $65,621,101
  • MB Kahn Construction - $67,329,000
  • Clark Construction - $73,070,000

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