11/14/2013 4:36:00 PM TKDA contracted with
to facilitate building bids
There are plans to do repairs and replacement projects at the county government center in Center City, that are expected to cost more than $600,000. Last week the County Board unanimously directed staff to start working with TKDA on “pre-design” of projects for 2014. TKDA was selected from five proposals submitted to staff by providers of outside engineering services.
The county government center has a boiler plant that was installed in 1973. The chiller and cooling tower and other mechanicals also are getting to the end of their lifespan. Tuckpointing and miscellaneous concrete repairs are also on the critical projects list. The framing and flashing around windows and soffits and other exterior materials are also failing. Roof replacement (the 1979 roof and an addition in 1989) is also being considered for bidding.
In order to make the projects happen, the county contracted with TKDA to put together specifications and assist with the bidding process. The firm will help in establishment of warranty and do a final inspection, and help review any annual service contracts that special equipment needs. The Board was advised that as each bid comes in the project will be reviewed and funding explained. The estimate for the costs come from an earlier draft facilities assessment done by SEH Engineers in April. The plan noted that in each of the last two years the county spent $10,000 just to address various issues with the chiller. The cooling tower overflow has also flooded the interior floors below it in the government center and must be revamped.