Construction of the Cincinnati Reds’ new ballpark could be behind schedule before it even begins. Bids for the concrete-and-steel superstructure are $22 million over the county’s budget estimate.
The construction team met recently with a representative of the concrete contractor – three companies that merged for the job. They will try to figure out why the concrete bid was $59.4 million when the estimate was $42 million.
Managers will go through a similar process with the two structural steel bids, the lowest of which came in at $33.6 million when $28.5 million was estimated.
All three bids had to be thrown out because they were more than 10% over Hamilton County’s estimate.
The process will put the stadium about two months behind schedule, construction managers said. County officials plan to ask for bids on the concrete foundation beginning Dec. 9, and award a contract by year’s end.