March 7 set as completion date for jail

By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer


 The end of construction may finally be in sight for Cloud County's new Law Enforcement Center and Jail.
 Cliff Sullivan and Rick Morton with Goldberg, Sullivan and McCrerey, and Jody Cotton, construction superintendent with Zahner Hansen Construction Group met with Cloud County commissioners Monday afternoon to provide an update on the project.
Cotton said he is shooting for a March 7 date for the project to be substantially completed.
 "We should be able to meet that March 7th date," Cotton told commissioners. "I'm doing everything I can to bring it to a completion by then."
The jail was scheduled to be completed nearly six months ago. In August 2012, Zahner Hansen Construction Group of Brentwood, Tenn., was awarded the project to construct the new law enforcement center and jail. Construction on the $5.9 million, 80-bed jail and sheriff's offices began in the winter of 2012.
Sept. 17, 2013, was the originally contracted substantial completion date for the Center, but a number of issues, including an electrical subcontractor briefly walking off the job, have resulted in numerous delays.
 On April 1, the commission must make the first bond payment of $117,300, which represents the interest on the bond.
 Cotton told commissioners the main hurdle to overcome in completing the facility is a design issue and documentation problem with the fire alarm system. After a walk-through last week by the state fire marshal, Concordia Fire Chief Eric Voss, and Concordia Building Inspector Bruno Rehbein, Cotton said a problem with the smoke evacuation system was found. Should a fire start in the jail, a smoke evacuation system is in place to remove smoke from the cell pods. Currently, there is a conflict between the HVAC and electrical contractors as to who was responsible for completing the electrical work for that system.
 Cotton said if that conflict is not resolved by Wednesday, he has workers ready to come in and finish that portion of the project. He also said he planned to talk to Rehbein in the hopes of receiving a temporary certificate of occupancy so sheriff's department staff can begin to move into the administrative portion of the facility.
Painters will be coming in this week to work on touch-ups, Cotton said, and final cleaning will be happening at the same time.
Once it is ready for occupancy, the commissioners plan to have an open house so the public can view the facility before prisoners are housed. By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer

 The end of construction may finally be in sight for Cloud County's new Law Enforcement Center and Jail.
 Cliff Sullivan and Rick Morton with Goldberg, Sullivan and McCrerey, and Jody Cotton, construction superintendent with Zahner Hansen Construction Group met with Cloud County commissioners Monday afternoon to provide an update on the project.
Cotton said he is shooting for a March 7 date for the project to be substantially completed.
 "We should be able to meet that March 7th date," Cotton told commissioners. "I'm doing everything I can to bring it to a completion by then."
The jail was scheduled to be completed nearly six months ago. In August 2012, Zahner Hansen Construction Group of Brentwood, Tenn., was awarded the project to construct the new law enforcement center and jail. Construction on the $5.9 million, 80-bed jail and sheriff's offices began in the winter of 2012.
Sept. 17, 2013, was the originally contracted substantial completion date for the Center, but a number of issues, including an electrical subcontractor briefly walking off the job, have resulted in numerous delays.
On April 1, the commission must make the first bond payment of $117,300, which represents the interest on the bond.
 Cotton told commissioners the main hurdle to overcome in completing the facility is a design issue and documentation problem with the fire alarm system. After a walk-through last week by the state fire marshal, Concordia Fire Chief Eric Voss, and Concordia Building Inspector Bruno Rehbein, Cotton said a problem with the smoke evacuation system was found. Should a fire start in the jail, a smoke evacuation system is in place to remove smoke from the cell pods. Currently, there is a conflict between the HVAC and electrical contractors as to who was responsible for completing the electrical work for that system.
 Cotton said if that conflict is not resolved by Wednesday, he has workers ready to come in and finish that portion of the project. He also said he planned to talk to Rehbein in the hopes of receiving a temporary certificate of occupancy so sheriff's department staff can begin to move into the administrative portion of the facility.
Painters will be coming in this week to work on touch-ups, Cotton said, and final cleaning will be happening at the same time.
 Once it is ready for occupancy, the commissioners plan to have an open house so the public can view the facility before prisoners are housed.

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