County to seek another firm to design new sheriff's building

The Dallas-based firm that was hired to design a proposed law and justice center and subsequently has analyzed sites for housing the center and a new county complex will not do the design work for a new sheriff's office.

Design work for the new Mohave County Sheriff's Office is "materially different" from the law and justice center, Deputy County Attorney Richard Basinger wrote to the supervisors.

It also falls outside the initial scope of services for which the county hired HDR Architecture Inc.

HDR Project Manager Sharon Schmitz could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Basinger prepared the opinion in advance of the meeting of the county supervisors on Tuesday.

The supervisors are scheduled to meet on Tuesday instead of Monday because of the President's Day holiday on Monday.

The supervisors plan to meet behind closed doors to discuss terminating the contract with HDR and will announce a decision if they take action.

In a related move, the supervisors plan to consider authorizing staff to issue a request for proposals to recruit an architect for the sheriff's building.

The RFP may have an alternate add-on of 5,000 to 7,000 square feet for housing a medical examiner's building, with costs to include architectural and construction management fees.

It would not cover new furnishings or the 911 system.

"We are going from a $58 million project down to approximately $5 million for the sheriff's office," Interim County Manager Dick Skalicky said.

The county supervisors voted Feb.

5 to locate the sheriff's office at the site of the former Kingman Armory next to the jail annex on West Beale Street.

The MCSO plans to occupy new digs because its existing building, the former Mohave General Hospital on West Beale Street, has been condemned.

The supervisors voted in January 2000 to hire HDR for $2.6 million to design a $34 million law and justice center.

Former County Manager Paul McIntosh envisioned a 200,000-square-foot building that would house the courts, the sheriff's office, the county attorney's office, the probation department and other county agencies.

The supervisors compiled a list of sites in the Kingman area, Golden Valley and Lake Hasvasu City area for HDR to study.

They voted in April 2000 to limit the study to 200 acres off Shinarump Drive and Aztec Road that developer Fred Eldean agreed to donate.

However, the supervisors voted in October to agree to a study of a downtown site near Superior Court after the Kingman City Council agreed to chip in $50,000.

They voted on Jan.

22 to build the MCSO building at the former Armory site and reaffirmed their commitment to the site on Feb.

5.

In related actions, HDR is scheduled to present an analysis of a downtown-area site for the county complex at Tuesday's meeting.

The supervisors also plan to discuss funding methods and financial projections for the county complex.

The supervisors are scheduled to meet behind closed doors at 9 a.m.

and begin the public session at 9:30 or whenever the closed session concludes.

The meeting takes place in the county building at 809 E.

Beale St.

Other items on the agenda are:

• A water system policy and procedure memo for the Interstate 40 industrial corridor.

• Water usage rates for the Griffith Energy Project and other industries locating at the I-40 corridor.

• Use of contingency funds to pay for advertising a lien sale for the Treasurer's Office.

• Reconsideration of a decision to rename Griffith Road to Van Brunt Parkway.

• A request from Kingman Channel 36 to get on the county's TV translator sites should an opening occur.

• A public hearing on subdivision and minor land division regulations.

• A possible sale of county-owned land between the public library and Wal-Mart in Kingman.