Construction begins on Garrahy Garage

CONSTRUCTION OF the Garrahy Garage has begun in the Jewelry District of Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD
CONSTRUCTION OF the Garrahy Garage has begun in the Jewelry District of Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

PROVIDENCE – Construction of the Garrahy Garage has begun in the Jewelry District of Providence, four years after state voters authorized bonds for the work.

The public project will provide covered parking to future tenants of the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District, as well as for employees and visitors at the state courthouse.

Dimeo Construction Co., of Providence, submitted the low bid of $37.2 million for the garage, and was awarded the contract.

The base bid includes removal of contaminated soil. Site clearing began in June.

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The building is expected to be substantially complete by July 31, 2019, with final completion expected Sept. 13, 2019, according to the documents.

Four other companies submitted higher bids for the work. They were: Ahlborg Construction Corp. of Warwick, $42.3 million; Bond Brothers Inc. of Providence, $38.9 million; Mannafort Brothers, of Cumberland, $37.9 million; and O&G Industries, of Torrington, Conn., $37.9 million.

James McCarvill, executive director of the Rhode Island Convention Authority, the owner, said he was pleased with the number and spacing of bids.

“When you see them clustered like that, you feel pretty confident they understood,” he said, of what the work entails.

The parking structure will occupy a full city block, between Chestnut and Friendship streets. Under a contract reached with Wexford Science & Technology, which is building an innovation center near the site, the Wexford tenants will have up to 900 of the 1250 spaces.

Another 200 spaces will be reserved for employees and visitors at the courthouse. The remainder will be open for city visitors, according to McCarvill.

Mary MacDonald is a PBN staff writer. Email her at MacDonald@PBN.com.