Costs added to county roads 62, 63, parking lot project

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved changes July 15 to payments for the completion of work on the county roads and parking lots around the government center in Stillwater.

This project includes new pavement, parking lot rehabilitation, storm water infrastructure, curb rehabilitation, utility improvements, sidewalks and trails on County Road 62/63 and the government center parking lot. During project construction, additional items were added to the project including upgrades to the campus lighting systems and additional curb replacement.

Contract changes for the lighting of the Government Center campus area cost $296,540; costs for changes for curb, grading and pavement on the project were $439,470; and additional infrastructure changes cost $174,251. The total cost of the project is $3.4 million.

County Board chooses architect for Public Works North Shop

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved Hagen, Christensen and McIlwain July 15 to provide architectural services for the design and construction of the Public Works North Shop at 11660 Myeron Road N., in Stillwater Township.

Washington County solicited proposals for professional architectural design services for the remodel, re-use, and expansion of the building from four firms.

A typical facility design and construction fee is 7 percent of the estimated construction cost. With the current project estimate, the fee is estimated at approximately $1 million. The firm has a proposed fee of $928,000.

HCM has completed a preliminary wastewater systems evaluation and action plan, schematic design, and final design report for the North Shop. The firm’s knowledge of the North Shop, county processes, and key county staff provides efficiencies for delivering this project.

The work to be performed under the contract will roll out in five phases: • schematic design review and update; • design development; • construction documents; • construction bidding/project permitting; and • construction observation and administration.

The Public Works North Shop Facility Project is funded by the proceeds of tax exempt bonds to be issued by the county in 2015. Project expenses will be covered by temporary use of fund balance to be reimbursed when the bonds are sold.