PLEASANT VIEW -- A new shop for the Public Works Department has been on the drawing board for nearly 15 years, according to City Administrator J.J. Allen, and "Now we're ready to start moving on it."
Allen explained that rather than the city use the traditional design, bid and build on the project, the city would use the design and build method, with $650,000 budgeted.
"The design and build is a much more fluid process," said Allen, "You select the team that is going to help you build and design based on the criteria we set. They will design and build within the city budget."
Allen said the design and build team would be selected on several criteria including past experience, completion schedule, safety record and overall qualifications of the firm. Allen said the city would also like the design and build team to show their fees.
"If their fees were $50,000, then we would get a $600,000 building," said Allen.
Allen said with approval from the council, the project would go out to bid with a deadline of proposals due back to the city by Aug. 18. He would like to see the building constructed this fall and occupied by Christmas. Allen said the city would require a building permit for the project and there also may be some impact fees.
Councilman Todd Walker suggested the contractor get three to seven bids for each subcontractor used.
"They need to understand what will be expected of them," said Walker. He said in his personal work he had worked on a million-dollar City Creek project and said he did not always select the lowest bidder, but those who could do the best job on the project.
Walker thanked Public Works Director Paul Ellsworth for all his work in preparing for the project.
"You've done a great job and you've given us a basic floor plan," said Walker. The plan originally had two levels, but now has just one level.
Council members unanimously approved a request for proposals for the project. Councilmen Tim Hjorten and Michael Humphreys were not present and so did not vote.