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Plans for new Public Works Building move forward

The county is moving forward with its plans to build a new Public Works Building.

The County Procurement Department announced Feb. 9 that it is accepting bids for the construction of the new building on Feb. 3. Bids must be into the department by 2 p.m. on March 5.

The construction of the new building has caused a lot of controversy since the Board of Supervisors first approved spending $6 million in March to fund the project.

The majority of the money to fund the new building would come from the Highway User Revenue Funds the county gets from the state; one-sixth of the funds would come from a loan from the Sanitary Landfill Closure Fund. The loan from the landfill fund would be paid back over the next 15 years.

According to a 2005 Arizona Attorney General opinion, HURF moneys, which are supposed to be used for the upkeep and creation of roads in the county, can be used to build offices to house county public works or road departments.

The new building is expected to be 38,800 square feet and have a floor plan similar to the $6 million County Development Services Building, which was finished in April 2010. It will be built on Sunshine Drive in Kingman.

According to the bid documents, the first floor of the new building will house a shop and warehouse and the second floor of the building will have offices and conference rooms.

The county is asking contractors to construct the building to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, including energy efficient and long-lasting LED lights and a photovoltaic solar panel system to provide electricity for the building. The building will also have a backup generator.

The contractor has 300 calendar days in order to finish the project or face a $1,000 per day penalty.

The original plan had been to refurbish the three buildings the Public Works Department is currently situated in. According to the department, the renovation project would have included the reconfiguring of office space inside the building, new paint, new carpeting, etc. The upgrades would have cost between $400,000 to $500,000, according to bid estimates submitted to the county procurement office, and possibly have added another 10 years of life to the building before a structural remodel would have been necessary. The total cost for maintenance of the three buildings for the next 50 years would be approximately $5.5 million, according to the public works department.

The county originally considered replacing the building in 2006, but the cost of labor and materials were too expensive due to the housing boom.