The Town of Berryville, with the advice and consent of the Barns of Rose Hill board of directors, has selected H&W Construction of Winchester, Virginia to transform the existing barn structure near the Government Center into a “Center for Community, Culture & the Arts in historic Berryville”.
The Town of Berryville received four bids for the Barns of Rose Hill project including H&W’s low bid of $1.25M. Unsuccessful bidders included Lantz Construction of Winchester ($1.52M), Caldwell & Santmyer of Berryville ($1.64M) and Dominion Construction Group of Warrenton ($1.46M). Over 20 general contractors attended the Town’s April 9th mandatory pre-bid conference for the project.
H&W Construction is a subsidiary of the Aikens Group, also of Winchester. According to the company’s website, the Aiken’s family began business in Martinsburg, WV in 1931 and has expanded operations as far south as Front Royal. The Aikens Group owns, operates and manages over 30 businesses including office buildings, apartment complexes, townhouses, warehouses and hotels.
The Barns of Rose Hill project will be built with funding from a wide range of sources including Clarke County Government ($150K), Department of Housing and Urban Development ($168K), Virginia Department of Transportation ($337K), Wilkins Family Foundation ($100K), American Woodmark Foundation ($5K) as well as generous donations from individuals and businesses.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) procurement guidelines for the Barns of Rose Hill project require that a portion of the funds be spent with disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE). Although VDOT’s DBE goal for the Barns of Rose Hill project is 4%, Berryville Town Manager Keith Dalton reported that H&W Construction had not met VDOT’s DBE goal at the time of bid submission.
“The DBE goals are from VDOT, not the Town of Berryville” Dalton said. “However, it’s my understanding that H&W does have disadvantaged business partners certified at the federal level. H&W has 10 days to submit their paper work to VDOT then it’s up to VDOT to determine if their bid is acceptable.”
While much of the administrative burden for managing the project will be shouldered by the Barns of Rose Hill organization, the Town of Berryville will have contractual responsibility for the site work including approval and distribution of payments to the contractor.
Construction of The Barns of Rose Hill Project will commence once the H&W Construction contract has been formerly awarded. The construction contract requires that the facility be completed within 12 months from the time that written notice to proceed is issues by the Town of Berryville.