County Receives Bids for Health Center Remodel

Renovations allow for more lab and clinic space

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead County Commission looked over bids for a project seeking to remodel the Flathead City-County Health Department, allowing the department more space.

The second and third floor of the Earl Bennett Building are the focus of the renovations, with the administrative offices on the third floor moving to the second floor, while the third floor will be home to more lab and clinic space.

During its July 12 meeting, the commission met to unseal the bids for the project, which is expected to cost around half a million dollars. The commission opened only one bid during its meeting, from Swank Enterprises who said it could get the job done for $498,900.

Later in its meeting, the commission realized there was another organization that wanted to bid on the project but the packet was late, making it to the office at 9 a.m. instead of the 8:30 a.m. deadline.

The commission voted to take the extra bid under consideration.

The Flathead City-County Health Department added a third floor to the Earl Bennett Building in 2009, providing space for the Community Health Center’s dentistry program. The addition of the South Campus building, which is nearly complete, will also account for more dental space.

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