ERIN – The Town of Erin has pre-qualified five contractors who will be invited to bid on construction of the town's new multi-million dollar wastewater treatment plant.
The upcoming tender process will be the town's second attempt at hiring someone to build the controversial plant.
In August, all three of the contractors Erin had pre-qualified to submit bids to construct the plant failed to do so before the closing deadline.
Two of companies who were pre-qualified during that initial round, Maple Reinders Construction Ltd. and Bennett Mechanical Installations Ltd. have been pre-qualified again.
The other three companies that will be invited to submit bids are:
- North America Construction Ltd.
- Graham Construction and Engineering LP
- ASCO Construction (Toronto) Ltd.
In a media release the town said it received six submissions from companies wanting to be pre-qualified to build the plant. Those submissions were assessed in terms of completeness, and the capability of the applicant to undertake the works as the general contractor, the town said.
The pre-qualification process was not based on the lowest cost bid and was solely based on qualitative evaluation – there were no prices included in the responses, the town said.
"We are aiming to build a modern and a technically advanced wastewater treatment facility," Nick Colucci, director of infrastructure services for Erin said in the release. "This tender has many strict requirements and in order to adhere to all specifications we have to evaluate every bid carefully. The process is not easy and time-consuming and we are happy to be able to move on to the next stage of the construction process."