Work on an air-conditioning unit should start at the end of the month

By David Skolnick


Work on installing a new air-conditioning unit for the city-owned 20 Federal Place should start at the end of the month after the board of control hired a company for the work.

But with the project taking 90 days to complete — meaning it will be done by late June — the city will have to do something to avoid the expected heat in the downtown office building.

“If we have to make adjustments on the fly, we’ll adjust and hold [the contractor] to the construction time,” said Charles Shasho, the city’s deputy director of public works.

The board of control voted at a special meeting Thursday to hire Synergy LLC of Akron to handle the installation and construction work on the unit.

The company’s proposal was for $739,200. The city’s estimate for the work was $1.3 million.

Proutt Boiler Heating & Welding of Youngstown submitted the apparent low bid of $639,500 on Feb. 14, but during a review process, a $100,000 “clerical mistake” was found that no longer made the Youngstown company’s proposal the least- expensive option, Shasho said.

Proutt ended up withdrawing its proposal.

The issue with Proutt delayed the project’s start date by about two weeks, Shasho said.

About Aug. 20, 2013, the air-conditioning unit at the 20 W. Federal St. building stopped working. A few days later, the city had Western Reserve Mechanical Inc. of Niles install temporary systems at a cost of $47,847 that were used until about mid-October.

When asked if similar temporary units would be provided to tenants at the city-owned building because of the expected completion date, Shasho said, “We haven’t turned a bolt on the project. It’s too early to discuss that.”

The project’s overall cost is $1,108,498.

In addition to the Synergy contract, the city also paid:

$57,298 to MS Consultants of Youngstown for design services and project oversight.

$188,000 to Trane US Inc. of LaCrosse, Wis., for a 400-ton air-cooled chiller.

$124,000 to Graybar Electric, which has a Youngstown location, for electrical equipment.

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