Concerns over April 1 date cited in update for commissioners

The completion date for the new Cole County Jail still looks to come around April 1, but concerns about meeting that date were raised Thursday at a monthly update to the County Commission.

Mike Smith, construction manager with jail project manager Septagon, said they needed more manpower to complete stud installation after incorrect studs were installed by Braun Plastering. He said Braun has not had enough workers at the site to get the work done and that could delay the work that needs to be done following the stud installation.

Commissioners said they would talk with Braun about getting more manpower to the site.

Meanwhile, Smith reported that a good portion of the area south of the sallyport has been painted. North of the sallyport, the final block walls are being installed. Installation of both elevators has also begun.

The exterior masonry veneer is complete with the exception of the vehicle

sallyport drive area under the upper level.

Upcoming work includes the installation of the walk-in cooler/freezer in the kitchen and starting work on the electronics system.

Commissioners also told Smith to get with local nursery owners about what can be done about landscaping needs around the jail. There is $150,000 in the budget for things like topsoil, grass seed, filling and putting planters and trees in sidewalk spaces.

Commissioners also awarded a bid on interior furnishings, such as chairs, files, storage lockers and tables, to Samco Business Products for $207,239.

The total construction cost remains at $28 million.

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