CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County is nearing completion of pandemic changes to the county’s buildings. The company included controversial no-bid contracts valued at $ 16.3 million for companies selected by the administration of County Executive Armond Budish.

So cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, whose editors worked with a good government organization to criticize the use of no-bid contracts, looked into who received how much money from the federal government for relief during the pandemic.

Below are the county’s most recent figures, which show that the Budi government will actually spend about $ 13.7 million less than originally approved. The county council has since authorized the administration to spend the remaining money on other projects.

* RL Hill Management Inc. (based in Solon): USD 2,108,879. Most expensive order in the contract: Upgrades for the HVAC system in the prison (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), approx. USD 837,000.

* ConstructAbility Inc. (Westlake): $ 2,108,597 Most expensive contract: Upgrading the HVAC system in the old courthouse on Lakeside Avenue, approximately $ 1,169,500.

* Albert M. Higley Co. (Cleveland): USD 2,069,503 Most expensive task in the contract: Upgrading the toilet in the Justice Center, approx. USD 917,700.

* Turner Construction Co. (New York City): $ 1,442,579 Most expensive assignment in the contract: Upgrading the HVAC system in the prison, approximately $ 615,500.

* TMG Services Inc. (Cleveland): $ 1,411,740 Most expensive order in the contract: Various changes to the county administration building, approximately $ 787,000

* Regency Construction Services (Brook Park): USD 1,383,785 Most expensive order in the contract: Office change in the old courthouse, approx. USD 254,200

* The AKA (Cleveland) team: $ 1,093,758 Most expensive order in the contract: Upgrading the HVAC system in prison, approximately $ 836,500

* Gilbane Building Co. (Providence, Rhode Island): $ 1,001,795. Most expensive order in the contract: Upgrading the HVAC system in the Justice Center, approximately $ 764,200

* Cold Harbor Building Company (Chardon): $ 874,070 Most expensive job in the contract: Installation of temperature sensing devices in various district buildings, approximately $ 200,000

* Northstar Contracting Inc. (Cleveland): USD 787,665 Most expensive contract: Contract upgrades at the Juvenile Justice Center, approx. USD 524,000

* Geis Construction Inc. (Streetsboro): USD 703,923 Most expensive order in the contract: Toilet change in the Jane Edna Hunter building, approx. USD 299,200

* Next generation construction (Cleveland): USD 643,542. Most expensive order in the contract: Changes to the hall lobby, approx. USD 190,900

* Panzica Construction Company (Cleveland): $ 341,535. Most expensive order in the contract: Various changes to the district airport, approx. $ 94,300

* Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. (Baltimore): $ 338,770 Most expensive item in the contract: Upgrading the HVAC system in the Jane Edna Hunter building, approximately $ 187,500

Modifications included around 67 individual projects, including upgrades to HVAC systems, automating doors, sinks, and drinking fountains, putting partitions in work areas, and rearranging areas to better accommodate social distance.

Assistant Director of Public Works Matt Rymer said the HVAC upgrades were generally the most expensive projects and the ones that took the most time to complete. The aim was to increase airflow and filter out smaller particles from the air, such as the tiny virus particles that cause COVID-19.

“Our ultimate goal was to make public buildings safe so that vital public services can continue,” said Rymer of the work. “And that is exactly what we tried to achieve – to offer the workers and the public the greatest possible safety.”

Common Cause Ohio, an advocate for good government practice, argues that competitive bids are the best way to ensure taxpayers get the best bang for their buck and reduce the likelihood of political considerations influencing procurement.