Archie’s Flooring Services of Greenville was awarded the contract for flooring installation services to be rendered at the Department of Human Services building.
The county received a total of four bids to install porcelain tile and remove all furnishings, desks, tables, chairs and refrigerators and include all materials needed.
As announced by chancery clerk Marilyn Hansell during the last regular meeting of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, Archie’s Flooring Services submitted a bid of $125,000 for the job.
Affordable Construction Co. of Greenville submitted a bid in the amount of $227,500, AIA Builders LLC. of Greenwood, $235,000 and Koestler Tile Co. of Greenville, $234,349.
Supervisors Lee Gordon and Tommy Benson pointed out the glaring difference in Archie’s submitted bid amount compared to the other companies.
“All the tile work that we’ve had done at this point, from Emergency Management to the investigator’s office, it’s been the lowest bidder,” BOS president Carl McGee said.
Gordon alluded to the specifications of the advertisement and how significant it is to the bidding process.
“If we’re not giving specifics on what we’re looking for and if we’re not saying a certain mill or size for something this large, maybe that’s where we’re getting the big difference,” he said.
BOS attorney Willie Griffin advised supervisors to remember what the law requires as it pertains to the bidding process.
“The law says go with the lowest and the best if you disqualify the lowest. The law says go with the low bidder based on the specs that you’ve provided,” he said, adding that the BOS would have to identify the specificity in its minutes and justifications for not going with the low bidder.
The BOS voted unanimously to approve the contract to go to the lowest bidder, Archie’s Flooring Services.