Jail design, construction management contracts on county board's agenda
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will vote on awarding two contracts for the design and construction management of the new $68 million South County Detention Facility in Porterville. The first is a roughly $5.4 million agreement with architectural firm Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc. for the period of Dec. 4 to Aug. 15, 2018. The second is an approximately $4 million agreement with construction management firm Kitchell CEM, Inc., also for Dec. 4, 2012 to Aug. 15, 2018.
Both firms were interviewed and selected by a six-member panel for recommendation to the board. Both contracts are subject to county counsel’s approval because they deviate from protocol in that they are multi-year agreements and span several fiscal years, a staff report in Tuesday’s agenda states.
Planned for a 15-acre site on the northwest corner of Scranton Avenue and Newcomb Street, the 500-bed jail will include 14 specialty health beds within 120,000 square feet. The project is funded by Phase II of the AB900 Jail Construction Financing Program, a 2007 law that appropriated $1.2 billion in jail construction funding through state lease-revenue bonds. The grant award requires the remaining $8 million or so be financed by Tulare County.
It is anticipated construction of the jail will begin May 2016 and be completed May 2018.
Also on Tuesday:
- the board will receive an update from the county’s Resource Management Agency’s Building and Housing Division on various program activities such as plan checking, building inspections, code enforcement, abandoned vehicles and employee housing.
The board will vote on the agreements at its next regular meeting, 9 a.m. Tuesday, in the County Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel Ave., Visalia.
To view Tuesday’s agenda in its entirety, visit http://bosagendas.co.tulare.ca.us/.
To listen in on Tuesday’s meeting as it is broadcast live, visit http://tulare.granicus.com/viewpublisher.php?view_id=2 and click on Live.