Key Construction won the bid on the $25 million theater Bill Warren plans for Midwest City in greater Oklahoma City.
Key has done much of the work on Warren’s former Wichita theaters and some on the Oklahoma theaters he recently sold.
Warren says it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that Key would win this contract. Key and one other Kansas company and three out of Oklahoma all bid on the project.
“We always qualify the construction companies ahead of time,” Warren says.
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He says four were close in pricing and one was off of the others by about $1 million.
Key was the low bidder.
Warren says he doesn’t have to go with the low bidder, but he believes that “morally it’s the right thing to do.”
“It’s very important to have integrity in the bidding process.”
Warren called Midwest City Mayor Matt Dukes to say that Christmas will come early in 2018. The theater will open in November next year, which means Key needs to get started.
As Key president Dave Wells says, “It’s showtime for Key Construction in Midwest City.”