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Norfolk firm will build jail for $5.1 million

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Monday morning, jail supervisor Gerry Hunter and jail secretary Dee Schilz look over paperwork in the Red Willow County Detention Center, the former City of McCook jail and police department taken over by the county until the county's new jail is completed.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, commissioners signed a contract Monday afternoon with a construction company whose officials presented an estimate that does not exceed the $5.1 million construction cost and bond maximum set by commissioners and architects to build a new 24-bed county jail.

Commissioners hired Beckenhauer Construction Inc. of Norfolk after Mark Riley, vice president of operations, and Ben Fink, senior estimator, explained the $4,895,548 budget to build the new 24-bed jail and sheriff's offices north of the courthouse in McCook.


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Monday afternoon, the county hired a construction manager for the new jail, Beckenhauer Construction Inc. of Norfolk, represented by Mark Riley, left, vice president of operations, and Ben Fink, senior estimator.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
Beckenhauer Construction was the commissioners' second choice (of three interviewed last year) for the construction manager position, the board hiring Sampson Construction in June 2012 to build the jail. However, commissioners terminated the contract with Sampson in October as its officials said their company could not build the jail as drawn for less than the absolute $5.1 million maximum.

The architectural/engineering firm of Prochaska and Associates, Omaha, which drew the plans, then turned to Beckenhauer to see if the company was still interested in building the jail. This process of checking with "also-rans" is outlined in state statute.

Beckenhauer revisited its original bid, making some reductions and revisions to come in under the county's $5.1 million max.

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Architect Steven Riley, of Prochaska and Associates, Omaha, explained that removing the glassed-in area of the mechanical "penthouse" will reduce masonry, steel, waterproofing/insulation, doors/windows and electrical costs.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)

Architect Steven Riley explained to commissioners and sheriff's officers at the afternoon meeting Monday that Mark Riley of Beckenhauer Construction is his youngest brother.

Steve Riley said that he himself was not present at Beckenhauer Construction's interview with commissioners in April 2012, avoiding any appearance of influence on commissioners as they interviewed and selected a construction manager for their jail.

Commissioners initially selected Sampson and when that contract was terminated, they authorized Prochaska and Associates, its architect, to see if Beckenhauer, which came in second as commissioners interviewed construction managers, was still interested in building the jail.

Commission chairman Earl McNutt told Mark Riley and Fink Monday, "We really appreciate your efforts to hustle through and get us to this point." Mark Riley responded, "We appreciate the opportunity to be part of this project."

Commissioners had hoped to start construction last year, but a ground-breaking was never planned as Sampson worked, and failed, to meet the county's $5.1 million budget.


Commissioners will advertise for bids to build the jail starting next week, and plans will be available to bidders the week of Jan. 28.

Mark Riley will schedule a pre-bid conference with contractors and sub-contractors to introduce the project, explain the time frame, discuss BCI's safety policies, answer questions from county officials and walk the work site.

Bids will be opened during a public meeting of commissioners in the courthouse in McCook on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m.

Beckenhauer officials will take the bids back to their office, scrutinizing them to make sure they comply with the plans. BCI will then develop a list of all bids, recommending to commissioners the lowest responsible bid. Commissioners will have the option to accept or refuse bids.

Working with the successful bidder, BCI will approve the "Guaranteed Maximum Price" and start contracts with sub-contractors. The successful bidder will come back for a pre-construction conference.

Actual construction will have to wait until the ground thaws, and then it will start with site-work, geo-piers and foundations, and then move on to steel and masonry.

Construction is estimated to take 14 months. The construction manager will work with neighbors to inform them of street/alley closings and processes that may be exceptionally noisy, or, as in the placement of the geo-piers, cause vibrations.


To help come in under budget, architects have removed the northern-most, glassed-in section of the mechanical "penthouse" from the new jail facility. Steve Riley said, "Glass is expensive. We had no choice," and it also eliminates some masonry work, steel expense, waterproofing/insulation and electrical costs.

He said the change does not affect the functionality of the mechanical space, and equipment will still be screened from the street.

Site-work and concrete costs have been reduced by using geo-piers instead of extensive, deep excavation.


Beckenhauer's construction total is estimated at $4,716,483. A contingency fund can be part of the Guaranteed Maximum Price, Mark Riley said. Beckenhauer's fees and bond bring the total estimated project to $4,895,548.

Steve Riley said, "It's not just a guess anymore, but it's not a hard bid yet."


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how much would it cost the county taxpayers to remodel the city auditorium to a jail?

-- Posted by dennis on Wed, Jan 16, 2013, at 11:08 AM

Too much Dennis. The building is antiquated, not set up for the purpose intended by the county, offers no outside exercise area, and the costs to remove the unusable aspects of the building will be spent again in relation to the expense already incurred north of the court house. The location is not as convenient for its intensive purposes as that already procured. In short, it costs more to turn an unintentional structure into something new versus building new.

Its been proven time and time again.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 12:12 AM

Probably the same reason you didn't build the big new facility there don't ya think Dennis!!!

-- Posted by ph2856 on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 4:56 PM


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