County Awards $9.3 Million in No-Bid Contracts

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

September 11, 2020

San Luis Obispo County has approved more than $9.3 million worth of repair and maintenance contracts through no-bid awards to pre-approved construction companies.

Called, “Job Order Contracting” or JOC, the process pre-approves companies for certain types of jobs considered routine or small to medium sized, awarding the jobs to the various companies under contract and saving the costs of the usual “design/bid/build” method.

Each of the JOC contracts is for one year and companies have to apply every year to remain on the list of approved contractors. The companies give a set price for different types of work and the County puts together job packages and awards them to the appropriate company.

County Supervisors must approve all the annual contracts, along with the JOC awards. For the most recent awards, the County gave Rob Reynolds Construction, Inc., jobs totaling $1.2 million; JG Contracting got two sets of jobs for $3.29M and $1.06M; Quincon, Inc. of Grover Beach got two awards for $2.02M and $225,000; Kinyon Const., $1.2M; and Precision Construction Services of SLO got $265,000, for a grand total of $9.37M.

As a point of reference, Kinyon Const., of Santa Maria got a JOC contract to rebuild the First Street Beach Access in Cayucos, after it had been closed for some 12 years. That project finished up in May and several local subcontractors also got work on the project.

The new jobs will repair, remodel or renovate existing County facilities from different departments. These jobs will upgrade facilities within the County’s health, Sheriff, libraries, airports and parks and recreation departments.

As examples of the types of jobs awarded and that are ready to go, the list includes making repairs and putting on a new roof of the public restroom at the Cayucos Pier; upgrading the water and sewer service lines for the County Office of Emergency Operations; repairing and replacing the windows at the County Honor Farm; repairing the walls and restrooms, and painting the interior of the SLO Vet’s Hall; replace the furnace and heating system and fire alarms at the Probation Department Offices; and repaving the parking lot at the Health Department, among numerous others.

The jobs that still have to have an environmental review includes replacing a water line running from Ocean Boulevard to Chaney Avenue in Cayucos; remodeling the Los Osos Library and moving the County Parks and Recreation Offices to El Chorro Regional Park, among several others.

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