Meekhof makes available bids for new senate office space

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Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today announced that bids submitted as part of a process to select new office space for the Michigan Senate are available upon request for interested parties.

“When I began my term as Majority Leader, the decision to move the Senate offices from the Farnum Building to the Capitol View Building had already been made. While I was not involved in the decision, as the current Majority Leader, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure transparency and make available information related to the process,” said Meekhof. “It is in the public’s best interest to make the bids available for review.”

Steps to move from the Farnum Building first began in 2014 under the direction of former Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville. The Capitol View Building was selected after a Request For Proposal (RFP) was issued by the Secretary of the Senate Office seeking proposals for new office space to be occupied by the Senate. Four qualified bids were considered and reviewed by a panel. Submissions were scrutinized based on cost, safety, security, function, availability and accessibility.

“I wholeheartedly believe that government should be transparent and accountable and that is why I have made the bids available for review,” said Meekhof.

“I’ve met with the Secretary of the Senate and the Senate Business Office and I believe the choice to move to new office space in Capitol View has merit. Increased security and improved technology and accessibility are worthy considerations as is the opportunity to save the state money,” said Meekhof.

The Billie S. Farnum Building was completed in 1959. The Michigan Senate has occupied the Farnum Building since 1978.

Interested parties should contact Jordan Hankwitz in the Senate Business Office via email at senbusinessoffice@senate.michigan.gov to obtain a copy of the bids.