Nov 1 2018 the exhibition place board started, That the Board concur with the action taken by the Chair of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer in approving the award of Contract No. 18-074-87415 to B. A. Construction and Renovation Inc. for the exterior restoration of the Fire Hall Clock Tower in the amount of $263,309.00, which includes a contingency allowance of $7,500.00.
History from followed by current rehab needs.
The masonry of the clock tower attached to the building is deteriorating and the clock itself is fading and not functioning properly. The proposed work will include exterior restoration, clock replacement and limited interior upgrades. The scope consists of full repointing of the exterior brick masonry, as well as new flashings and window frames, and cleaning of the limestone cornices. The existing clock at the top of the tower will be replaced with a new illuminated clock on all four sides of the tower and a new GPS antenna that controls the electric movements which will automatically keep the exact time daily. Interior work includes upgrades to the railing of the stair, the access ladder and landing; new emergency and interior lighting, as well as exterior flood lights.
The construction budget for this project is under the main-account of #074– Other Buildings with a construction budget of $125,000, a shortfall of $138,309.00 from low tender. It is recommended that this shortfall be funded from the proposed 2019 Capital Works of $150,000 under the same budget line previously identified for the Carillon Tower Retrofit. The Carillon Tower Retrofit will then be moved into the 2020 Capital Works Program. Therefore, the low bid contract price of $263,309.00 with a $7,500 is recommended to be awarded to B. A. Construction and Renovation Inc., the low tenderer. Exhibition Place staff will also inform City Finance of this proposed change in the 10-Year Exhibition Place Capital Program.
B. A. Construction & Restoration Inc. was incorporated in 1997. Based on its company website, the firm started out as a subcontractor of larger firms and became a masonry contractor in 2001 with the stone installation done at the Casino Rama Hotel and Entertainment Centre. It has done work for the Toronto Public Library, Brampton City Hall, Toronto Catholic District School Board, the Durham District School Board, and University of Toronto. The references provided by the two school boards contacted were positive, both stating that they would recommend B. A. Construction and Renovation Inc. services.
Background documents on the Ex’s financial situation.