Bids received on Port of Gulfport buildings

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GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The state Port of Gulfport has received four bids for a project that includes construction of a transit shed for tenants Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and Crowley Liner Services Inc.

The transit shed will have storage for Crowley's dry goods and chillers for Dole's fruit.

The port commission is expected to look at the bids on July 25.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/TZDw30 ) the bids ranged from $41.5 million to $53.5 million.

The project also includes Dole's administrative office building and entry gate at the West Pier.

The Dole administrative office, plus electrical systems, will sit about 25 feet above sea level for storm-surge protection. The office will be attached to the transit shed.

Construction is expected to take 16 months.

Other port building construction projects are being bid separately.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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