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County Considers Jail Construction

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Construction on a new Ward County office building is set to begin soon.

But that's not to only major building project the county is involved in.

When people and offices are moved from the courthouse to the new office building, the open space will be used mainly for the court system, sheriff's office and jail.

And today, commissioners heard from a company that provides a relatively new service in such major projects.

The job is called a "construction manager at risk," or C-M.

That's a position that is in charge of all phases of the project - from design to finishing work - to make sure it's all on schedule and within budget.

(Mike Dunn, Construction Engineers) "The owner also gets a guaranteed maximum price which is the subcontractors report to the CM and the CM reports to the owner. You're also getting collaboration and checks and balances with your designer as the project is being designed to make sure that scope is coming within budget and the target of the owner."

(Capt. Bob Barnard, Ward County Sheriff's Department) "When we're all done we want to make sure it works right. I'd love to put that responsibility on somebody else, somebody you can go back to and say hey this isn't right and we need to get this fixed."

Commissioners voted to advertise for proposals from companies that are interested in providing a "construction manager at risk" for the jail remodeling and building project.

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