Longview Board of Trustees approved the asbestos abatement and demolition of the former Budget Inn on East Marshall Avenue. Trustees unanimously approved a bid approved a bid of $461,720 from INTERCON Environmental during Monday night's regular meeting. 

Trustees OK demolition, abatement of Budget Inn

Mon Oct 10, 2016

Longview ISD Board of Trustees approved the asbestos abatement and demolition of the former Budget Inn on East Marshall Avenue.

Trustees unanimously approved a bid of of $461,720 from INTERCON Environmental during Monday night's regular meeting, pending satisfactory conditions of their proposal. If INTERCON does not meet the criteria set by LISD, the district will accept a bid of $611,204 from Team Enterprise of Irving.

Assistant superintendent of business, finance and facilities Lynn Marshall said the agreement is pending conditions of the proposal. Intercon must provide a breakdown of the total cost, which would detail how much is to be spent on the asbestos abatement itself.

LISD received 11 bids for the work, and Marshall omitted the lowest and highest bidders, averaging the remaining bids at between $600,000-$700,000.

The state permitting process "is expected to take a couple weeks," Marshall added, with asbestos abatement anticipated to begin by early November and completed sometime in February — weather permitting.

LISD purchased the motel and adjacent property earlier this year as a location on which to build a new Montessori campus to serve prekindergarten and kindergarten students. The new campus is targeted for completion by late July and is expected to be open for the 2017-18 school year.

Marshall said asbestos consultant Total Safety of Houston prepared the specifications for the project and evaluated the proposals submitted by contractors "to ensure that all governmental/environmental requirements are met."

"The scope of this project includes abatement and demolition of the entire (Budget Inn) facility," he said. "Two of the low bidders were disqualified due to bidding incorrect quantities, as well as for Department of State Health Services violations from previous projects."