Borough of Rochester Public Works Maintenance Building


Sealed proposals for Construction of a Public Works Maintenance Building (60’-0” x 150’- 0”) shall be received by the Borough of Rochester at 350 Adams Street, Rochester, Pennsylvania, 15074 until 2:00 PM prevailing time on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The bid encompasses furnishing labor, approvals, materials, and project management to perform all work set forth in the advertisement, general conditions, drawings, and specifications. 

A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 A.M at the Borough of Rochester Public Works Building at 204 Water Street, Rochester, PA 15074. All potential bidders are encouraged to attend the meeting due to a number of variables in the project. The project involves construction of a new prefabricated building recently purchased by the Borough. This work includes providing the material and labor for the construction and erection of the new building. The Borough will obtain approval of the drawings by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Bidding documents, technical specifications and contract drawings are available via download from the Widmer Engineering Inc. website at: under “Bids”. Each proposal shall be accompanied by either a certified check or Surety Company bid bond in the amount of not less than ten (10%) of the contract amount. The same shall be made payable unto Rochester Borough. The Borough will review each bid proposed for responsiveness to the specifications. Upon verification that the proposal fulfills the requirements of the specification, the Borough will enter into negotiations with the low bidder for working out any details and entering into a contract. Upon successful award of the contract, a 100% performance, 100% payment and 100% maintenance bond shall be required. No bids shall be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after the time set for the opening of bids. The Borough reserves the right to reject any part of or all proposals, or to waive any irregularity in a proposal, when the Borough deems such action advantageous to the Borough. Bids, whether mailed or delivered in person, shall be sealed, marked “Rochester Borough – Public Works Building Project” and addressed to Borough of Rochester, 350 Adams Street, Rochester, PA 15074.

John Barrett
Borough Manager

Questions and Answers

Q: Is this project to be bid as a single prime contract or are the Electrics, Plumbing and HVAC separate primes?

A: Single prime contractor bid.

Q: Will the building insulation be supplied with the pre-engineered building?

A: No.

Q: What will the insulation requirements be? IE. thickness & vapor barrier requirements?

A: Insulation shall meet PA Energy code requirements for commercial buildings in IECC climate zone 5A.  Also, must comply with Uniform Construction Code and International Building Code requirements, as applicable.

Q: Will the liner panel for the inside be supplied with the pre-engineered building and @ what height will it be? Also is there a liner panel to be installed on the ceilings?

A: The building exterior walls shall be founded on reinforced cement concrete foundation (see contract drawings for details), insulated and waterproof up to 8 feet in height using metal liner panel construction. No liner panels will be supplied from the previously purchased pre-engineered building.

Q: Will the man doors & windows be supplied with the pre-engineered building?

A: Yes the man doors will be supplied but not the windows.

February 14, 2019


Question:            Are we to comply with IBC 2009 or IBC 2015 in terms of the energy code / insulation requirements?

    • The building was purchased and is designed IBC 2009

Answer:               Use IBC 2009


Question:            What size Gas Line is needed?

Answer:               1” line


Question:            What size water line is needed?

Answer:               1” line


Question:            What size down spout line is needed?

    • Horizontal
    • Vertical up to the boot connection to the 4” x 5” downspout

Answer:               Down spout is supplied.


Question:            Are there clean outs required on the down spout line (rain leader)? If so how many?

Answer:               No


Question:            The drawings and site visit show misc. materials, jersey barriers, shed, etc. within the work area.

    • Who is responsible to move these items?
    • If they are to be moved by us, where do they get moved to?

Answer:               the borough will remove all items on site prior to start of construction


Question:            The existing site is concrete.

    • Does the concrete get removed?

Answer:               Concrete in the area of the foundation needs removed


Question:            Is there a disposal site provided by the Borough or is it the contractor’s responsibility?

      • Can it be crushed and used as fill?

Answer:               the disposal is the contractor’s responsibility. The concrete could be crushed and used as fill.


Question:            The Drawings show 2 existing Catch Basins that the roof leaders get tied into. It is not clear what is to be done with Catch Basins.

    • Are they to be buried/capped or raised to grade?

Answer:               tie to the drainage pipe to the inlet.  The borough will be responsible to raise the catch basin.


Question:            Are there any details for the sanitary sewer lateral?

Answer:               terminate the lateral five feet from building.  the borough will make final connection.


Question:            The drawings show a concrete pad outside of the man doors on a slope. Are there any further details for this?

Answer:               Eliminate the man door and concrete pad at the back of the building.


RFI Questions Pertaining to the Metal Building:


Question:            The building has been laying on site for a long time and the materials have a good bit of dirt and rust on it

    • Will Rochester handle any effort related to cleaning the building and/or treating the rusty areas themselves after the project has been completed?

Answer:               The borough will handle


Question:            Since the building was purchased as 250’ long and both bids A and B are for shorter lengths, not all of the bays will be used

    • Therefore the “system” is deviating from the original intent, and a structural engineer will be required to certify the structural integrity of the alteration – will Rochester provide this third party engineer, or will the General Contractor be responsible for retaining its own structural engineer to certify this?

Answer:               The building was designed to accommodate the options presented.


Question:            Is the liner panel to be offered as an alternate and to be supplied by the GC to be 26-gauge or 29-gauge wall material?

Answer:               No panel to be installed

Question:  Does the building need to be based on the IBC 15 that was adopted October 1st,  or is it grandfathered in at the old code guidelines?

Answer:        2009 IBC code compliance


Question:         What are specifications on hot water tank?  Gas? Electric?

Answer:               2009 IBC code compliant building contractors recommendation, rough-in only


Question:         What are specifications on toilet? Urinal? sink?

Answer:               2009 IBC code compliant building contractors recommendation, rough-in only


Question:         What are specifications on ceiling fans?

Answer:               2009 IBC code compliant building contractors recommendation


Question:         What are specifications on “an appropriate ventilation system”?

Answer:               2009 IBC code compliant building contractors recommendation, must comply with pre-fabricated building requirements


Question:         What are specifications on the required electrical service? Panel? 

Answer:               120/240 volt, single phase, 3 wire system, for 400 Amp building electrical service

Question:            There are no MEP drawings in the bid set

    • Is GC responsible for providing stamped HVAC, plumbing, and electrical plans?

Answer:               No, the Borough will obtain this


Questions:          For the furnace located in the office on drawing 6/6 –

What is the size, type, efficiency, controls, duct system, insulation?


Answer:           2009 IBC code compliant building contractors recommendation, rough-in only


No additional questions will be accepted.

All addenda will be issued to the email addresses below. Delivery confirmation to the email address provided will constitute a receipt of the addenda by the contractor. It is the contractor’s responsibility to check their email addresses at appropriate intervals. Any questions regarding the project must be sent via email to  All questions and answers will be posted to the bid advertisement page.  Questions will not be answered via phone calls during bid stage. Upon completion of each field, double check your information then click “SUBMIT” and you will be directed to the download page. Incorrect or incomplete information could disqualify your bid.

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