ZAUNER Construction is poised to land its second major central Wodonga project with the Albury-based builder the preferred tenderer for the library-gallery redevelopment.
The nearby Cube entertainment centre was built by Zauner and opened in 2012 with a similar price tag for the gallery-library makeover.
Wodonga councillors have been recommended to accept its tender for $10.35 million with $1.6 million already spent on preliminary works and an $800,000 contingency factored into the overall budget of $12.8 million.
The Cube cost $12.2 million to build.
The council has committed $8.87 million to the library-gallery project and another $4 million has been secured from Regional Development Victoria.
Zauner was competing with two companies, Troon and Hansen Yuncken, for the library-gallery which is expected to be finished by mid-2021.
"The submission from Zauner Construction was considered to be of very high quality and their methodology contained quite specific details about the construction processes proposed and finishing details including details in relation to the entrance stairs and skylight atrium that are a feature of this building," the council agenda states.
"Site management controls including traffic management were also detailed.
"After the first stage of the assessments, the tender submission from Zauner Construction was identified as providing the best value for money option for council.
"Zauner Construction is a local company that employs staff from the local area, employs local student building cadets and expects to utilise up to 95 per cent of local subcontractors for this project."
The Lavington company also built WAVES pool in Wodonga, which encountered a major tiling issue after opening in 2013, and Murray Art Museum Albury and the LibraryMuseum for Albury Council.