Contractor ahead of schedule, under budget for DES building
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Construction of the consolidated offices for the Arizona Department of Economic Security is under budget and at least a month ahead of schedule, the contractor said this week.
Prescott Valley architect Chris Browning said his construction company, Prescott Building Co., sheared construction costs by 5 to 10 percent, lowering the figure from $2.2 million to $2 million. He broke ground in December on the 14,300-square-foot building on public land at Yavapai Road and Bob Drive, and is due for completion during the first week in September.
"We are getting great prices from subcontractors," Browning said. They include framing, site work, roofing, masonry, electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling.
"People are so eager to work now," Browning said. "The construction industry has been down for so long."
Browning, a principal with BMA Architects, Planners & Landscape Architects Inc. in Prescott Valley, said he also has cut costs by doing both the design work and construction, and by being ahead of schedule.
"We can define the scope more quickly with the design company, and we can come to a construction budget more quickly because of the construction company (ownership)," Browning said.
Browning said on Wednesday the project is 85 percent complete on the exterior and 40 to 50 percent finished overall, with sheetrock work ready to start.
He said the DES building will be ready for occupancy by Oct. 1.
DES plans to consolidate staff from Child Protective Services, family assistance and jobs/rehabilitation services in the new building, spokeswoman Liz Barker stated in an e-mail. The 51 employees currently work out of three separate leased buildings in Prescott Valley.
"This would provide more efficient and integrated services to children and families," her e-mail stated. She added DES expects to save $24,000 per year by leasing space in only one building. The agency's leases expire in October.
Barker stated DES will lease the building from Browning Family Trust, which Browning's father, Paul, heads. The Browning Family Trust will lease the building from Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, which plans to move into an adjoining 14,000-square-foot building once it is ready for occupancy.
Browning did the design work for the building from Prevent Child Abuse, which is moving its statewide headquarters from Prescott. However, Malouff & Co. of Prescott is the general contractor.
Prevent Child Abuse executives and Nick Malouff were out of the office Friday and could not be reached for comment. PCA broke ground on the building this past September.
The two buildings will be part of a 7-acre campus-like setting on land the Town of Prescott Valley owns.