Coleman building demo goes to Key Construction

Sedgwick County has chosen Key Construction to demolish the historic Coleman factory building.

Key’s bid was not the lowest submitted to the company. H.D. Mills & Sons’ bid was $50,000 lower, but the county’s board that reviews bids and contracts said H.D. Mills proposal did not adequately address the county’s desire to salvage the building’s bricks.

Commissioners discussed the bid at length, voting on it separately. They agreed that while H.D. Mills’ bid was the lowest, it was not the lowest responsible bid, which is what state law requires.

Commissioner Karl Peterjohn said he typically supports the lowest bid but agreed that in this case, Key’s bid seemed a better value for taxpayers.