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The old Town Hall was the scene of this week’s bid opening.

Pawleys Island: Town Hall grows to $800K project with bid opening

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Bids for a new Pawleys Island Town Hall came in $150,000 over estimates this week. Town Council will decide next month whether to trim the cost or raise the extra funds.

Pinnacle Construction was the apparent low bidder among four firms that bid on the project. Its base bid was $800,400. Other bids came from BEC Construction, $829,169; Coastal Structures, $832,390; and Harrington Construction, $890,000.

The town plans to start work on the 2,000-square-foot building next month and move in around Labor Day. The former Town Hall was flooded by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and the town has been operating out of a portable office in the Nature Park.

Mayor Jimmy Braswell and David Graham, architect for the project, met Wednesday in the old Town Hall to open the bids. Former Mayor Bill Otis watched from his old office inside the building, which has about 450 square feet.

“The building committee wanted to use quality materials all around,” Braswell said. He served on the committee as a member of the Planning Commission before becoming mayor. “They wanted a building that would last a hundred years.”

There were two alternates to the bidding: one that would add to the cost by using a thicker version of the HardiePlank siding and one that would cut the cost by using shingles rather than a metal roof. The council could also look at other aspects of the building for “value engineering,” Graham said.

The estimates for the project started at $400,000, then grew as the design evolved. The town is raising $600,000 toward the cost of the building through a fund­raising campaign. It has closed in on that goal with pledges and recently began selling inscribed paving bricks.

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