The estimated cost was $2.9 million.The lowest bid was approximately $4.2 million.


The fire station was built during a similar time frame as the Laurel Library, also with a PLA, came in substantially over budget and with significant delays in its construction.


Percent increase over estimated project cost


  • Bids were submitted for a fire station construction project in Brandywine, Md., that was estimated to cost $2.9 million.
  • The lowest bid was approximately $4.2 million—a 41 percent increase over the estimated cost of the project! (See the bid results here.)
  • The project was late in delivery by over a year.