Lueder Construction Co. will build Papillion's new public works complex.
The Papillion City Council on Tuesday approved a $6.9 million contract with Lueder to partner with the city and architect Alley Poyner Macchietto on the project.
The Omaha construction firm was selected using a method called “construction management at-risk” contracting.
It's a first for the City of Papillion, though the approach has long been used by private developers and for new school construction.
With traditional construction contracts, building specifications are determined, and a project goes out for bid. A contractor is chosen based on the lowest bid.
With the at-risk contract, the contractor is required to collaborate on the design and keep a project on time and on budget despite fluctuating material and labor costs or weather delays.
The Papillion City Council in August approved the policy that allows for the alternative construction process.
An at-risk contract was used by Ralston for the Ralston Arena and by Sarpy County for Werner Park.
Mayor David Black said bringing the contractor to the table early on can make a better design and shorter construction period.
“It's very efficient,” he said.
Seven firms submitted proposals when the public works complex project was advertised from early August to early September. Four were short-listed.
Early this month, a six-person committee listened to presentations and evaluated the firms.
Lueder emerged as the winner after the committee compiled the results and discussed.
“They had some vision and leadership,” said Councilwoman Lu Ann Kluch, noting Lueder shared with the committee that some of its employees live in Papillion.
The facility could open by late 2014.
Currently at 145 W. Second St., the facility will sit on nearly 20 acres located at Portal Road and Hupp Drive.