Whidbey General Hospital awards bid for EMS facility

A Snohomish contracting firm won the job Thursday to build Whidbey General Hospital's new Emergency Medical Services building at Bayview.

The hospital board of directors, meeting in special session, accepted the $1,348,000 bid by Corstone Contractor, said Trish Rose, hospital spokeswoman.

The bid was one of six submitted. There was a lower bid, but it was later withdrawn when the firm discovered a calculation error, Rose said. The highest bid was $1,787,000, Rose said. Hospital officials had anticipated construction to cost about $1.7 million, she said.

"We're very pleased," Rose said. "Getting congruent bids is alway a good sign. How often does that happen?"

She said the project is working its way through the permit process, and is on track for completion next spring.

The 4,500-square-foot structure, funded by a levy approved in 2006 and to be built along Highway 525 near Bayview Road, is designed by Mahlum Architects of Seattle and is expected to cost about $2.2 million total.

The new building will have three vehicle bays and will accommodate six people. It will replace the current facility in Freeland, and will be a more efficient location to serve the hospital's coverage area in the South End, Rose said.

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