McMinnville officials will be going out for bids for an in-depth structural integrity evaluation of the Blue Building. A committee meeting will establish exactly how extensive the study will be.
Building and Grounds Committee members will be meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. to discuss the scope of the work to be done before going out for proposals.
According to Mayor Jimmy Haley, the cost for the evaluation could be in excess of $12,000, depending on what the city wants.
“The cost I’m getting is approximately $12,000,” said Haley. “It might be a little higher. Board members wanted to go out for bids. The committee will be putting together the scope of the work to be done for engineering firms to use to generate bids on the work.”
Peter Metts of AEI Architects and Engineers out of Cookeville did a walk through of the building with a structural engineer and an environmental engineer, which was supposed to be followed by an in-depth analysis.
“Due to the cost, it was decided to go out for bids on the project,” said Haley. “AEI will probably use what they saw to put together a proposal in order to bid on this project. If any other engineering firms want to go through the building, we will arrange it.”
Leading to the evaluation was a desire by officials to determine if the building is structurally sound, as well as if mold or asbestos is present, prior to making a determination regarding the building’s future.