The Gallatin County Fairgrounds is one step closer to a year-round hockey rink.
Tuesday folks with Gallatin County opened sealed proposals for providing the general construction manager for the Haynes Pavilion expansion project.
Four contractors were prequalified but one withdrew their proposal. That leaves three contractors to choose from for the Haynes Pavilion expansion -- Dick Anderson Construction, Langlas and Associates and Martel Construction.
Gallatin County Commissioners tell us Wednesday representatives from the county, the fairgrounds and the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association will begin to interview the three contractors.
Folks from Gallatin County say they'll be checking references, reviewing work experience and looking at costs.
We took a look at each company, starting with Dick Anderson Construction. It's a Montana-based company founded in 1975 and employs 200-250 employees a year.
According to their website, they have offices in Billings, Helena, Great Falls and Bozeman and have worked on projects like the Bozeman High School additions and renovations, MSU Cooley Lab renovation and the Morrison Mairele office building.
Langlas and Associates also has offices in Billings and Bozeman. They were founded in 1973 and work throughout the region in states like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and North Dakota.
According to their website, Langlas completed Montana Ale Works, the Gallatin Valley Mall and Town and Country's 11th Avenue location.
Martel Construction was started as a father/son team in 1960 and, according to their website, employs up to 150 people. They have offices in Bozeman, Bigfork and Missoula and are licensed in Montana, Idaho, Washington and California.
Past projects include the Hilton Garden Inn, the Moonlight Basin Lodge and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital renovations.
Gallatin County Procurement Specialist Nick Borzak tells us it will be a difficult decision. He says each contractor is very qualified and says the interview will be the deciding factor on which company they choose.
The construction of Haynes Pavilion is broken up into three phases. Phase one of the project is moving the entrance to Haynes, constructing a new parking lot north and east of Haynes, moving the Oak Street fairgrounds entrance and constructing the new ice rink building.