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Thu, Dec. 05

Prescott Valley making progress on police station expansion

PRESCOTT VALLEY ­ Town government officials today plan to announce the likely contractor for the $2.5 million police station expansion project, which would double the building.

Kim Moon, capital projects coordinator in the Public Works Department, said Friday afternoon that staff had selected the likely contractor after interviewing three finalists earlier in the day.

However, she declined to name the contractor or the three finalists pending notification today.

Moreover, staff plans to negotiate with the selected contractor for two to three weeks, and the Town Council plans to make the decision official at its Feb. 22 meeting, Moon said. She said staff hopes construction will begin in March, and will try to negotiate a 300-day construction period with the

successful contractor.

She identified the six contractors who responded to the request for proposals from the town as Haley Construction Co., MacMillan Construction Co. and Fann Environmental, all of Prescott; Barton Malow and Norquay Construction, both of Tempe; and Phoenix-based Brignall Construction Co.

Moon said the town government is pursuing the construction-manager-at-risk concept, which relies on qualifications instead of selecting the lowest bid. Under construction-management-at-risk, the contractor would not be able to pass on to the town change orders for cost overruns unless the town changes the scope of work for the project.

"We will negotiate the price with them," Moon said. She added the contractor could begin contacting subcontractors this week.

"We need to consult with our architect" and compare other construction projects, Moon said.

Moon appeared before the council Thursday night to seek approval for a $95,200 change order for Durrant, the Phoenix-based architect that designed the expansion. The contract amendment, which the council approved by a unanimous vote, adds construction administration and construction-period services to the architect's contract.

The council approved the initial agreement with Durrant on Feb. 24, 2005, to design the police operations building expansion project to the tune of $252,750, according to a staff report.

The project initially called for a two-story, 20,000-square-foot addition to the police station on Civic Circle, with one floor being at the basement level.

However, the council on July 28, 2005, approved an amendment to the contract to reduce the project to a one-story, 12,400-square-foot expansion of the police station, at a savings of $55,000.

The police department needs the expansion because it has outgrown a station that the staff moved into in 1995, Police Chief Dan Schatz said. He said the station houses about 100 people, including 64 sworn officers as well as volunteers.

The expansion will reduce crowding, Moon said.

"They are packed pretty tight," she said. "They need more room for

the existing staff."

"We are doubling the size of the first floor," she continued. "In the

future, we will add a

second story."

Moon said the expansion of the block, "operations-based" station will include a patio in back, more office space, a new briefing room, additional space for the locker rooms, and evidence storage and processing areas.

"We will have very minor landscaping and site improvements," Moon said.

Contact the reporter at khedler@prescottaz.com

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