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Supervisors to discuss proposal for construction manager

Mar 05, 2018

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL

On the agenda for Tuesday’s supervisors meeting is a proposal from a construction management firm.

The proposal comes from Carl A. Nelson & Co., of Burlington, to provide management of the proposed construction for the communications center.

They propose a 5 percent construction management fee, which includes the contracts with all trade contractors, such as electrical and plumbing, and suppliers including change orders and the cost of general expenses, reimbursed expenses and the cost of all materials and equipment used on the job site, according to the proposal.

Washington County auditor Dan Widmer said the county hasn’t asked for Request for Proposals from construction management firms yet.

“I don’t anticipate any action on it tomorrow,” he added. “I believe they’re just going to talk about it.”

Carl A. Nelson & Co., has been the construction manager for several construction projects in the county recently. The company have worked with both the Mid-Prairie and Washington Community School Districts on renovation and building addition projects in their districts and is the project manager for the community center in Kalona, as reported in The Journal.

The supervisors will also discuss the financing and construction of the communications building in a work session at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

“The work session will be a discussion with Bob Josten out of Des Moines,” Widmer said. “He is with the bonding company.”

At a press conference in February held at the courthouse, Washington County sheriff’s department’s chief deputy Shawn Ellingson said they were in the beginning stages of planning for a new building, as reported in The Journal.

“Our goal is to work toward building a new building so that we can house this brand-new state-of-the-art radio equipment in something that doesn’t have a leaky roof and doesn’t have a mold issue and has adequate heating and cooling and plumbing and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “That’s something we’re working toward also.”

Right now, county authorities have met with a few people to come up with a design and a preferred location for the new building.

“And that will be all things we move quickly on, because we realize the radio equipment could technically go online as soon as July 2019, so we need to have a structure in place that we can adequately protect that equipment and house our dispatchers using that equipment,” Ellingson said.

Communications board chairman Ryan Miller said the decisions regarding the building design and location would hopefully be made quickly.

“You’re not going to put new equipment in an old building,” Miller said. “You want that to be a state-of-the-art building, so it fits all of the government standards out there. The facility that they’re in now doesn’t meet those standards.”

They want the building to be able to withstand storm damage, which isn’t the case now, Ellingson said. They also want to be able to install the new equipment in the building.

When Ellingson was asked about a location, he said they were open to locations, but as a committee they’ve always talked about having the communications center out where the sheriff’s office and the jail are.

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