Elimination of a basement in the new county jail could save the county money, the project construction manager told the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
John and Steve Hansen of Midwest Construction Consultants of Houghton and Rod Moore of Moore & Associates of Omaha, Neb., discussed a basement, and other options for the $4.8 million jail.
John Hansen asked the Board whether it wanted to eliminate a basement for the jail. He said that would cut costs greatly as well as eliminate water problems.
Moore said if the basement option were eliminated, there would still be room for future expansion. While water table problems were not detected as the site was first proposed, Moore said it appears the water table is just 14 feet deep.
After mulling over the issue, the Board, along with Hansen and Moore, observed that eliminating the basement would result in a cost savings by eliminating two stair wells, elevator at $75,000 to $80,000 and an additional bathroom, savings that could be translated to a larger footprint overall for the main structure.
The Board asked Moore to proceed with revised plans that would eliminate a basement.
Moore, Hansen, and the Board discussed a number of other issues related to jail construction.
For planning purposes, Hansen estimated that an on-site supervisor would be in place for 11 months. That has been a key issue, given the recommendation by Moore that an on-site supervisor be at the construction site on a regular basis.
Supervisor Jim Gustafson asked Hansen how many hours daily the construction manager would be on site.
"They'll probably be there about 10 hours a day, easily," Hansen said.
He said the Board will get a daily log of activities from his firm and that he would also monitor Occupational Safety and Health Act guidelines and that contractors would have liquidated damages for late completion attached to their contract documents.
The Board also discussed relocating a number of offices and removing curb stops from the parking lot to allow for easier snow removal.