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J.F. Ahern submits low bid for Jones Island upgrade

J.F. Ahern Co., Fond du Lac, has turned in the low bid for upgrade work at Milwaukee’s Jones Island Preliminary Treatment Facility.

The aging facility, which was built in the mid-1980s, was in need of upgrades to its equipment and systems, said Thomas Brennan, project engineer. Work to improve to screening equipment will enhance treatment processes, he said.

HVAC modifications, electrical work and a replacement of most of the building’s original roof surface all were part of bringing the facility up to modern standards, he said.

“We got our money’s worth out of it,” Brennan said of the original roof.

J.F. Ahern turned in the low bid of $14.9 million; almost $1 million lower than the next bidder, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc., Madison, which bid $15.88 million. Gurnee, Ill.-based Joseph J. Henderson & Son Inc. submitted a bid of $16.05 million and St. Louis-based Alberici Construction Co. Inc. bid $20.5 million.

The sewerage district is scheduled to take the bids to its commission in July and if it is approved, work would get under way in August, said Bill Graffin, public information director for MMSD. Once construction gets under way, he said, it is expected to take about three years to complete all the work.

— Caley Clinton

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