|Posted by haroldkitching on February 7, 2013 at 12:45 AM|
Work is progressing on remodeling of both the downtown library and the former Police Department headquarters, the City Council was told Monday night.
With the construction of a new Public Safety Facility on the north end of the city, the old police headquarters on Marshall Street was to become an enlarged communications center and a downtown substation.
“A floor plan has now been developed and they just completed the asbestos survey,” Councilwoman Mary Kortsen told the other council members. “It wasn’t a surprise they did find some, but it doesn’t seem to be a serious problem.
“The next step is going to be to evaluate interior design options, begin construction document development and then develop a guaranteed maximum price (for construction) proposal. That proposal is always a very important, because we have to keep it within budget.”
The city has moved more and more toward guaranteed maximum price contracts for municipal construction projects, under which the contractor guarantees a certain price. If there is a cost runover, the contractor pays the difference.
Work toward remodeling the library on Drylake Street has “been kind of a challenge,” Kortsen said. “It seemed like we had enough funds to do certain things, but we’ve cut back on that.
“People worked very, very hard on it, what our community needs. And that they now have a floor plan also that hopefully will meet our needs for the time being and some flexibility for the future.
“More than likely, we’re going to be looking again at doing something with the library. We’re trying to do with what we had as far as the money. And so the next step is going to be to evaluate the interior design options, begin construction document development and then develop a guaranteed maximum price proposal.”
The city announced the two upgrade projects in June of last year, with the council approving spending $177,275 for initial assessment of the library and $188,525 for assessing the old police building. At that time, the library project was estimated at $2 million, with the old police station at $1.5 million. No completion estimates were given.