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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Human Services Building Update

  • The extent of the damage to the building from improper roofing has yet to be fully determined. Thone told the board he would have to start tearing away at the walls and ceiling to see if the water leakage had caused molding in different areas throughout the building.
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  • The Human Services building renovations are moving forward with bids being accepted during a special Watonwan County Board meeting on Tuesday, March 12.
    Watonwan County Commissioners met with Terry Thone of RSI roof system designs and Structural Engineer Andrew Rauch of BKBM Engineers. The two specialists brough their bids to the meeting and presented their ideas for renovations to the county board.
    The extent of the damage to the building from improper roofing has yet to be fully determined. Thone told the board he would have to start tearing away at the walls and ceiling to see if the water leakage had caused molding in different areas throughout the building.
    The bids were accepted unanimously by the county board in the amount of $83,410. BKBM will receive $36,000 for their part in the engineering, while RSI will receive $25,600 on roof system designs and $21,810 on overseeing the construction.
    “We’re going to be down here basically because there are going to be progress meetings that are going to be happening, [BKBM] is going to have somebody down here during certain intervals of structural mediation and then [RSI] is going to be down here also for the meetings,” said Thone. “During the actual roofing I am going to have a guy down here to make sure that the roofing is being installed appropriately.”
    It was also suggested that the county board should hire a general contractor, and that the board may need to hire an architect if internal structural damage will require additional support.
    “If we’re going to do the roof and the structural we want to address some of the issues that have been damaged during the water leakage,” said Thone.
    The Watonwan County Commissioners will hear recommendations from RSI and BKBM. Once all recommendations are in, the commissioners will interview possible candidates and hire one as a general contractor. The general contractor will ensure that all work is done properly and in the correct order.
    “If we’re going to be adding the columns, we’re going to be taking out carpeting, we’re going to be taking out floors, we’re going to be taking out ceiling,” said Rauch. “The contractor is going to have to be doing that in order to get that work done, and that will need to be put back – that’s not something we do.”
    Mediation is done with the pending legal issues surrounding the construction of the Human Services Building. At this time, a hearing is scheduled for the end of July. Construction is scheduled to begin on this building sometime in May and could last anywhere from eight to 12 weeks.

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