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Speculative Buildings

The Athens County Port Authority is in the process of building a 60,000 SF manufacturing speculative building at the Bill Theisen Industrial Park. Information on the bid packet and construction timeline, preliminary engineering and due diligence reporting, and site plans can be found below.

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Separate sealed Bids for the construction of the Speculative Manufacture Building Development Project will be received by the Buckeye Hills Regional Council at their office at 1400 Pike Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750 until 1:00 p.m. (EST), Monday May 1, 2023 (newest date), and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.

The work covered by the Contract Documents includes  site development of a new 60,000 square foot manufacturing building complete with site grading, paving and utilities, building foundation and shell, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing together with the necessary appertaining work.

The estimated construction cost is $7,483,725 as of January 2023. The project is to be complete and ready for occupancy within 365 days of issuance of a notice to proceed.

Copies of the Bidding Documents can be obtained by registering with Burgess & Niple, Inc. as a plan holder by contacting Ms. Megan Bowman at (614) 459-2050 or by email at

Prospective BIDDERS may address written inquiries to Mr. Brian Tornes of Burgess & Niple, Inc. at

BIDDERS must comply with the prevailing wage rates determined under 29CFR 5.5(a)(1)(ii) (Davis Bacon Act) as specified in the Contract Documents.

Attention to the BIDDERS is called to the Instructions to Bidders, which are included in the proposed Contract Documents.

A nonmandatory prebid conference will be held for prospective BIDDERS on April 6, 2023, at 10 a.m. at the office of the Athens County Port Authority located at 340 West State Street, Room 103, Athens, Ohio  45701.

The Athens County Port Authority reserves the right to reject any and all Bids or to increase or decrease or omit any item or items and/or award to the lowest responsive and responsible BIDDER. Each proposal must contain the full name of every person or company interested in the same. The Athens County Port Authority reserves the right to waive any informalities or irregularities in the Bidding.

By order of The Athens County Port Authority Board. March 28, 2023.

Additional Information

Preliminary Site Plans
Follow the link to see the preliminary site plans as of March 2022:  Athens Warehouse Progress Set 01-10-22 4



Due Diligence Studies
With assistance from the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), the Athens County Port Authority participated in the Site Readiness Grant, which covered the cost of several site due diligence studies. Engineering firm Burgess and Niple completed the following studies in 2018: wetland delineation, threatened & endangered species, cultural resources report, geo-technical, and grading reports. All studies are available upon request. The Constraints to Development Summary can be found here: Constraints to Development Summary

Phase I and II Property Assessments were completed in 2009 by Malcom Pirnie and are available upon request.

Existing Utilities:

Gas: Columbia Gas is the gas service provider at the Bill Theisen Industrial Park. A medium pressure 4-inch gas line with a maximum pressure of 10 pounds per square inch (PSI) and an excess capacity of up to 50 mcfh (thousand cubic feet per hour) runs along Industrial Drive.

Electric: AEP Ohio is the electric service provider to the Bill Theisen Industrial Park. The site is currently served by an existing, single-feed, three-phase 12kV overhead circuit. The electric substation is adjacent to the property. Excess capacity at the Industrial Park is 5 MVA.

Water: Water to the site is provided by Le-Ax Water District. Estimated max capacity is 350,000 gallons per day (gpd). Two water mains run along Industrial Drive (one 10” and one 16”).

Sewer: Sanitary sewer service is provided by the Athens County Sewer and Water Department. The current available sewer capacity is approximately 380,000 gallons per day (gpd) with an existing 10-inch sewer line.

Fiber: Fiber optic cables provided by Horizon run along County Road 110 (see map) Existing fiber line runs the length of Poston Road (CR 110). Service capabilities to site boundary are 5mbps-10gbps.

Proposed Extensions: