By Amaris Elliott-Engel
Of the Legal Staff
With the deadlines for construction bids on the Philadelphia family courthouse passing, the state Department of General Services on Wednesday declined to disclose the number of bidders for construction contracts for general contractor, HVAC, plumbing and electrical construction work on the courthouse site at 15th and Arch streets.
DGS spokesman Troy Thompson said that he could not disclose the number of bids because the process of awarding the contracts is ongoing.
The bid deadline was Monday and the deadline for information about each bidder's subcontractors was 5 p.m. today. DGS is aiming to award the contracts by Jan. 7.
Time has been viewed as of the essence by the courthouse's planners because Governor-elect Tom Corbett is not bound by Gov. Edward G. Rendell's decision to release $200 million in state capital funds for the courthouse until construction contracts are in place.