LOCAL construction firms Joss and Zauner are vying with three other companies to complete the city’s $10.5 million art gallery redevelopment.
Albury Council’s engineering and works committee last night agreed on the five companies short-listed to tender for the art gallery makeover, with the successful firm expected to be revealed in November ahead of work starting in early 2013.
Also in contention are Hansen Yuncken, which has offices in Albury, Contract Control and Manteena.
Each company vying for the project has extensive experience in completing multimillion-dollar public projects.
Joss built the $16 million Wagga Civic Centre and Zauner constructed Albury’s $8.3 million Library Museum and The Cube in Wodonga valued at $9.2 million.
Hansen Yuncken was involved in the recent construction of the $70 million Museum of New Art near Hobart.
Melbourne-based Contract Control has 22 projects in progress including the $25 million Bendigo Theatre, which is an adaptive reuse of the city’s old gaol.
Canberra-based Manteena has completed upgrades at the National Gallery of Australia valued at $105 million.
Expressions of interest for the Albury art gallery project closed in early August and attracted 14 submissions.
An assessment panel of council’s senior staff, comprising community and recreation director James Jenkins, Mauro Dei Agnoli, Andrew Lawson, Leon Baker and Jacqui Hemsley, came up with the short-list.
Emphasis was placed on experience in projects of similar scope and scale, financial capacity to complete a project of similar scale and demonstrated work, health and safety compliance.
Each of the five short-listed companies achieved a final weighted assessment score of more than 90 per cent, with Joss scoring 100 per cent and Zauner 98 per cent.
Council’s engineering director Brad Ferris said it was hoped the final design would be completed by the end of the month, which would allow the short-listed companies to crunch their figures in October.