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Bid Notice: Hitchcock Nature Center Front Entrance and Parking Improvements

Posted on 12/4/2020
by Jeff Franco, Deputy Director
Pottawattamie Conservation is accepting bids for a park improvement project at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa.


Sealed bids for the Hitchcock Nature Center Improvements  located at 27792 Ski Hill Loop in Honey Creek, Iowa 51542 will be received at the offices of Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, 223 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa until January 29th 2021 and will be opened publicly.  The bid tab will be made public.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a site visit, please contact Jeff Franco at Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa 51542, Phone (712) 328-5831 or

Questions will be addressed up to 24 hours before the bid opening.

All Work shall be performed by contractors licensed with the County where the work is to take place. Bidders shall determine licensing requirements prior to bidding.

The Work includes: 

Package A: Park Entry Road Improvements, Package B: Lodge Front Entrance, Package C: Parking Improvements, and the Design Addendum applicable to portions of Package A and Package C. 

Package A: Remove part of existing road into park and realign new asphalt roadway with 2 new entry lanes separated by concrete medians with site grading and new culvert pipe at entrance.  Coordinate with owner on and install payment kiosks and associated conduit.

Package B: Alter Loess Hills Lodge front entrance walkway by reducing width and relocating ADA parking stalls.

Package C: Provide grading for and construct parking areas at three locations.  Provide new concrete pad for ADA parking at existing shelter location. Add sidewalk and associated grading as provided in Addendum.

A 5% id bond is required.   

No bidder may withdraw their proposal within 15 days after the bid opening.

A 100% Performance Bond and Payment Bond will be required.

Pottawattamie County Conservation is sales tax exempt. Exemption certificates will be issued to the contractor, sub-contractors and suppliers on this project. The bidders shall not include sales tax in their bids.

Pottawattamie Conservation would like project construction to begin in late June or early July 2021.  A start date and NTE completion date will be negotiated by the selected contractor and the County.  Should the Contractor fail to meet the agreed upon NTE completion date, the Contractor agrees to pay the Owner as liquidated damages and not as a penalty, the sum of $250.00 for each and every calendar day that the Contractor is in default of substantial completion of the work under this Contract.

The Bid Documents may be examined at the following locations:      

            POTTAWATTAMIE County Conservation Board
            223 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
            Contact:  Mark Shoemaker, Executive Director
            Phone:  (712) 328-5638

Plans must be returned to Pottawattamie Conservation within 14 calendar days from the bid date.

Hitchcock Nature Center Improvement Project Plans

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