Jail construction lagging

Facility’s target date for completion is now in April

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Construction delays will postpone the opening of the new county jail until April.

Mohave County/Courtesy<br><Br> Construction delays will postpone the opening of the new county jail until April.

KINGMAN - The new Mohave County Jail in Kingman is running a bit behind schedule.

Due to some issues between Faulkner USA, the construction company, and PinnacleOne, the project manager and contractor the county had hired to build the new facility, it will not be finished until April 2, said Dean McMichael, a representative for Faulkner. McMichael updated the Board of Supervisors during its meeting Monday morning.

The jail was expected to be complete by Nov. 9, but in December communication problems arose between PinnacleOne, Faulkner and the county.

Some of those issues:

• Faulkner not notifying the county or PinnacleOne of changes in key personnel on the project.

"As I understand, there is not one individual remaining at Faulkner that was a party to the contract negotiations or has the historical background and perspective," wrote Terry Ryan, PinnacleOne senior program manager.

• Faulkner not providing copies of agreements with design professionals, lien waivers, new insurance certificates and background checks.

• Faulkner has not provided a current copy of the daily log of activity, an updated master schedule for the project, copies of the construction management software, a construction progress schedule and a procurement schedule.

• Concerns about minor changes being made to the design or construction of the building without notifying PinnacleOne or the county.

Those communication problems have been resolved and the project is rapidly moving forward, McMichael said. The builder is just starting to set the first of 800 precast, concrete panels that will make up the side of the 266,000 square foot facility being built on the hill behind the existing County Administration Building in Kingman.

"We've worked hard and are making good progress," he told the Board. "We've had excellent cooperation with the subcontractors."

"They're adhering strictly to standards," said County Manager Ron Walker. "Quality is paramount."

The facility will contain 688 beds with the possibility to expand the building to contain a total of 1,100 beds.