Con­struc­tion man­ager ap­proved for Spring­dale mu­nic­i­pal com­plex

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - HICHAM RAACHE

SPRING­DALE — A con­struc­tion firm has been hired to man­age the city’s mu­nic­i­pal com­plex project, which will in­clude build­ing a crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing.

The City Coun­cil ap­proved, with a vote of 7-1 Tues­day, a con­tract with Spring­dale-based Mile­stone Con­struc­tion for con­struc­tion ser­vices on the project. Al­der­man Mike Over­ton was the dis­sent­ing vote.

“We had a lot of good firms that we in­ter­viewed,” said Mayor Doug Sprouse. “It was not an easy de­ci­sion, but we strongly rec­om­mend Mile­stone Con­struc­tion for this project.”

Mile­stone will see the project through con­struc­tion al­though the con­tract is for pre-con­struc­tion ser­vice.

“If the city goes into con­struc­tion, yes, we would be the con­struc­tion man­ager for the project,” said Mike Davis, vice pres­i­dent of Mile­stone. “We would still com­pet­i­tively bid out all the trade (work) for the project.”

Pre-con­struc­tion ser­vices in­clude re­view­ing draw­ings for con­structabil­ity, de­vel­op­ing pre­lim­i­nary bud­gets and look­ing at dif­fer­ent con­struc­tion types to help bring the project within the city’s bud­get, Davis said.

Pre-con­struc­tion ser­vices are bro­ken down into two phases, with Phase 1 cost­ing the city a “guar­an­teed max­i­mum cost” of $ 13,150 and Phase 2 a max­i­mum cost of $18,050.

“There­fore, there would be no ad­di­tional costs for re­con­struc­tion ser­vices should more hours be re­quired,” Mile­stone Pres­i­dent Sam Hol­lis said in a let­ter to Wy­man Mor­gan, ad­min­is­tra­tive and fi­nan­cial ser­vices di­rec­tor for the city.

Mile­stone re­cently com­pleted Turn­bow Park in the city’s down­town. The city ac­cepted Mile­stone’s $1.7 mil­lion bid to take over work in late De­cem­ber. Work stopped when the city fired con­trac­tor JLA Con­struc­tion of Spring­field, Mo., in Novem­ber.

Mile­stone was also con­struc­tion man­ager on C.L. “Char­lie” and Wil­lie Ge­orge Park.

Davis said Mile­stone has man­aged con­struc­tion on build­ings of the crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing’s scale.

“We’ve done schools; we ren­o­vated all four floors of the Wash­ing­ton County Court­house,” Davis said. “We have done projects of this size.”

The city’s Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, which is com­prised of coun­cil mem­bers, re­ceived on Mon­day an up­date from Du­vall Decker, the ar­chi­tec­ture firm hired to de­sign both the 80,000-square-foot crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing and im­prove­ment to 40,000 square feet of the City Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 201 Spring St. Roy Decker of Du­vall Decker showed coun­cil mem­bers de­sign schemat­ics of the com­plex.

Decker spoke dur­ing Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing and praised the city for se­lect­ing Mile­stone.

“Hav­ing a con­struc­tion man­ager early on a project like this is es­sen­tial,” Decker said. “We par­tic­i­pated in the se­lec­tion for a good con­struc­tion man­ager and we think you chose a good one.”

The coun­cil ap­proved a $3.3 mil­lion Wal­ton Fam­ily Foun­da­tion grant in De­cem­ber to cover de­sign­ing both the new build­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing ren­o­va­tions. The coun­cil in May ap­proved hir­ing Du­vall Decker.

Du­vall Decker is do­ing the de­signs for a com­bined cost of $3,250,508. The de­sign also in­cludes a square that will unite the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing with the new crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing.

Decker has said the mu­nic­i­pal com­plex’s de­sign will re­flect the city’s per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter. He elab­o­rated on Mon­day, say­ing Spring­dale ar­chi­tec­ture is not flashy, the best build­ings in the city are mod­est and well-built.

The crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing will be two or three sto­ries tall and will house the Po­lice De­part­ment and city at­tor­ney’s of­fice, dis­trict court and the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy de­part­ment. Those of­fices are in the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. The Po­lice De­part­ment in the new build­ing will be about 60,000 square feet, Decker said.

Once the crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing is built, re­mod­el­ing work will be­gin on the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, Decker said.

The build­ing in­spec­tion of­fice at 107 Spring St. and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fice, across the street from the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, will move into ren­o­vated por­tions of the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. The ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing will have one en­trance in­stead of mul­ti­ple en­trances. That en­trance will be at the build­ing’s north end, which is where the square will be.

A new City Coun­cil cham­ber will be built in the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing’s north end and have greater ca­pac­ity than the cur­rent cham­ber, which has an oc­cu­pancy of 182.

Parts of the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, such as the jail, will be torn out and the ex­te­rior will be re­done to com­ple­ment the crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing, Decker said.

The mu­nic­i­pal com­plex will also in­clude am­ple park­ing to ac­com­mo­date city busi­ness, court busi­ness and other public needs, Decker said.

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