It's official - Erath County commissioners have selected a construction manager at risk for the expansion and renovation of the county jail.

Sedalco was awarded the bid Monday morning in the commissioners' regular meeting.

The Fort Worth-based construction company was chosen over three other finalists.

"There were several criteria we evaluated," County Judge Tab Thompson said.

Thompson said the criteria included qualifications, pre-construction, services, cost and understanding of the project. He also said commissioners contacted officials in other counties that had worked with the construction companies.

The four finalists were rated on a point system, which was designed by the commissioners and DRG Architects.

Sedalco, which turned in a preliminary cost of $673,000, ranked No. 1 on the scale, followed by Satterfield and Pontikes Construction, which submitted a preliminary cost of $626,044. W.G. Yates, which submitted a preliminary cost of $669,610, came in third, followed by Dinosaur Valley Construction, which submitted a cost of $1,074,916.

"We are looking at a 16 to 17 month marriage with the construction manager at risk," DRG Architects' jail consultant Gary Adams said. "All four (construction companies) had experience in similar situations but Sedalco has had three or four jobs that are the same as what we are doing (in Erath County)."

Commissioners also authorized the county judge, county attorney and DRG to finalize the construction manager at risk contract.