The architects continue to methodically work through the many layers of the new Police Station design and I know that they are currently testing the design with an early stage cost estimate just to make sure it’s in the right ball park.
It’s still early so if they need to value engineer some items out in order to keep the building on budget this is a good time to do that.
Meanwhile, the City is wrapping up the interview process to hire the “owner’s rep” that we plan to hire to be on site everyday and make sure everything gets done on plan, on time and on budget.
There’s no guarantees that the owners rep can deliver all that since so many things are outside of their control — but we feel strongly that having them on the job site is important to giving us the best product and value for the public dollar.
Six firms applied for our owner’s rep contract and we interviewed the top 3. We should be in a position to get the preferred firm on-board in the next couple of weeks which is a little ahead of the actual construction but we want them involved in this project from as early in design as possible through to the ribbon cutting. I expect to have the owner’s rep contract signed in April.
As far as the site work goes, the first activity will be the demolition of the properties that currently occupy the site. The City has purchased all of the properties needed and I’m thankful that we settled with all of the property owners without having to go to court.
Most of the properties that have been acquired have student tenants in them so as part of the purchase, the City authorized the landlords to honor their 2014-15 contracts which expire at various times this summer. Once the current tenants move out, the City will mobilize the demolition contractor and begin the site preparation for construction.
Here’s a summary of the property availability for demolition.