HOLBROOK, AZ – Members of the Navajo County Public Works and Administration Departments met with representatives of the Haydon Building Corp and JWA Architects on Thursday,
December 5th to review and discuss issues that will help to shape the next steps for the construction of a new Public Works Complex in Holbrook. The new Complex will be constructed near the northwest
intersection of Highways 77 and 377 just south of Holbrook, and will include 23,000 square feet of office space, heavy vehicle maintenance facilities, storage buildings, and vehicle washing and fueling facilities.
Discussions on Thursday were primarily devoted to the subject of subcontractors and the selection process that has been ongoing for the past few weeks. Beginning in late October, Haydon began collecting information
about local subcontractors, starting with a pair of Outreach / Open House meetings on October 24th. The 17 local contractors who attended the Outreach / Open House meetings were encouraged to go through a
pre-qualification process before bids were submitted, and submissions have now been received and reviewed by Haydon.
The construction process will involve a number of phases, but approximately 30 different subcontractor categories will be employed to finalize the project. All phases of the construction will be subcontracted
with Haydon Building Corp overseeing the work. During the meeting on Thursday, representatives from Haydon reviewed the lowest bids with representatives Navajo County and provided their assessment of the labor pool
that they have at their disposal for the project. Based on the qualified bids which were submitted, Haydon proposed that approximately 42 percent of the total subcontract dollar amount to go to local subcontractors,
which is a huge win for the local economy.
What is truly impressive is that local bidders were extremely successful with their proposals. Local bidders – as a whole - did not bid on some phases of the operation, i.e. some of the work that will be
subcontracted – the use of cranes and other equipment – was not bid by local vendors. However, of the total work which was bid on by local subcontractors, 70 percent of the dollar amount was awarded to companies
in Navajo County, and that is a significant boost for the local economy.
"The effort to employ local contractors requires commitment and aggressive outreach. Going into this process, we wanted to have a great showing by our local vendors and I think that has happened. Navajo County
is very happy to report, that in the case where local vendors bid the work, they got an overwhelming majority of the contracts," said Navajo County Asst. Manager/Public Works Director Homero Vela.
"“We do everything we can to keep tax dollars in our local economy, and I am very pleased to hear that so much of the work is going to come from our local labor force," commented Supervisor Sylvia Allen
from District III. "Haydon did a great job during their Open House meetings and I am so pleased that so many of our local contractors took advantage of the opportunity."
"We live in a competitive world where hard work and professionalism never go out of style," said Supervisor David Tenney of District IV. "I have spent the majority of my professional career dealing with
construction projects and contractors, and it is no secret that those who take the time to really examine a project and understand what the owner is really after have a much higher likelihood of success. I congratulate
those who have successfully gone through the bidding process, and I encourage them to put their best foot forward as they do the work."