Yellowstone County received several bids Tuesday for a proposed new multipurpose agricultural building at MetraPark, but all of them exceeded the budget.
Seven contractors bid on the project, which calls for replacing some 1930s-era barns at the fairgrounds with a large, 100-by-240-foot multipurpose dirt-floor arena. Original plans called for a bigger building.
The new building would be used for livestock and equestrian events and allow MetraPark to hold more events.
During the county commission’s bid opening, the base bids ranged from $989,000 from DPS Co., of Boyd, to $1.56 million from General Contractors of Billings.
County Finance Director Scott Turner said it would take some time to review the bids because “they’re all over budget.”
The project was budgeted at about $1 million, including architectural fees, he said.
CTA of Billings, the architectural firm hired for the project, has a contact for about $62,000 and did some additional survey work for about $2,500, said Steve Krogstad, the county’s purchasing director.
Commissioner John Ostlund, the commission’s liaison to MetraPark, said, “We may have to trim some things back. I’m confident we’re going to get there.”
Other base bids submitted included: Cucancic Construction of Billings, $1.05 million; Dick Anderson Construction of Billings, $1.12 million; Fisher Construction of Billings, $1.14 million; Hardy Construction of Billings, $1.25 million; and Wright Brothers, of Eagle, Idaho, $1.28 million.