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Design/build list for new county center narrowed to 3 firms

Mohave County has narrowed the competition to three final teams to design and build the new $16 million county administration and Health and Human Services complex.

At the Mohave County supervisors' meeting Monday, County Manager Ron Walker said three teams, all from Phoenix, have been chosen to compete for the contract.

Opus Architects and Engineers, Lincoln Properties and the Hines Corp.

will be asked to submit designs in the last phase of the selection process, said Mohave County Attorney Bill Ekstrom, who is on the Mohave County building team overseeing the project.

Although Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects, of Henderson, Nev., the company that designed the new Mohave County Sheriff's Office, offered advice on the project, the firm is not involved in designing the new county building, as was previously reported, Walker said.

In September, the supervisors approved the selection of the Tempe firm Pinnacle One as owner's agent and manager for the new county facility.

The county chose a design/build privatized lease-to-own plan in which Pinnacle One will oversee the building of the facility and then lease it back to the county.

By the end of 2005, a projected total of $20 million will be available in the Capital Facilities Fund, derived from the county's quarter-cent sales tax, which will more than pay for the $16 million facility, with money to spare, Walker said.

"The county will own it in 15 years," Walker said of the county facility.

"We are not going to encumber the county and will not be one penny in debt."

The new county facility includes 100,000 square feet for administration and 30,000 square feet for human services.

It will be built on 70 acres owned by the county at 600 West Beale St., adjacent to the new Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

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