Commission approves $602K contract for improvements at public works complex

City Commissioners approved a $602,000 contract to James Talcott Construction during their Aug. 6 meeting for improvements to buildings at the Public Works complex.

The project will replace the existing steel and masonry siding on the Central Garage, Sanitation, Street and Wash Bay buildings, with an exterior insulation finishing system.

The project will also replace three existing windows in the Central Garage office and break rooms.

The siding being replaced with this project has either reached the end of its intended service life, or has been damaged and is in need of repair. The majority of the siding is over 40 years old and the outside elements have caused deterioration to the exterior of the buildings during that time. The new exterior insulation finishing system system will provide a long-lasting system that provides additional insulation along with a weather resistant surfacing, according to public works.

These improvements will improve working conditions, energy efficiency, building aesthetics, and extend the service life of the buildings. The new color and architectural scheme will match that of previous improvements to the Public Works Utility and Administrative Buildings.

The project does not include the building that was damaged in the February fire at the public works complex. That will be included in a later phase, according to public works officials.

Nelson Architects provided design services for the project and will assist in Construction Inspection. City Engineering Staff will perform construction inspection and administration duties.

This project is a continuation of projects which have been programmed and budgeted to upgrade Public Works building facilities since 2006. A summary of those projects includes:

  • Upgrades to the Streets Building HVAC – 2006
  • Upgrades to the Streets Building Lighting – 2008
  • Engineering & Operation Offices Remodel/Addition, HVAC Upgrade – 2019 thru 2010
  • Administration Building Boiler/HVAC Replacement & Upgrade -2010
  • Streets and Sanitation Building Employee Facilities Addition – 2012 thru 2013
  • Roofing and Siding upgrades to the Utilities and Administrative Buildings – 2013 through 2015
  • Building Addition to Administrative Office for Environmental Division – 2015
  • Fuel Station and Tank Replacement – 2016 through 2018
  • Central Garage, Sanitation and Streets Building Roofing, Doors, HVAC – 2019

The Public Works Facility was constructed in the early 1970’s and according to staff, the improvements, as well as the current project, will help to provide a serviceable facility for the next half century.

The work scope in this project includes cleaning and removing loose exterior surfaces, removing and replacing various exterior wall mounted drains, ducts, conduits and miscellaneous equipment, installation of new insulation and finishing system to the exterior surfaces and demolition and replacement of three existing windows, according to public works.

The city received three bids, which ranged $602,000 to $860,000, with James Talcott Construction providing the low bid.

This project will be funded through the Central Garage, Sanitation, and Streets Facility Improvement funds.