Good news — the City’s asbestos contractor has completed the removal of the asbestos tiles and insulation from the old rental houses on College Street that need to be torn down to make way for the new Police Station — so our demolition contractor is now cleared to mobilize on site.
We anticipate the demolition contractor arriving with his equipment on Monday December 21st, with the demolition work possibly starting that same week.
The demolition contractor plans to knock down all of the structures, load the demolition debris into trucks, and then off load the debris at the company property yard where the employees will sort out materials for recycling and reuse before disposal of whatever is left over.
That sorting, recycling, and reusing is part of our LEED requirements and gets us points towards our LEED goals.
Since the contractor is sorting the materials at the company property yard rather than on site, we’re anticipating a faster demolition process — likely 2-3 weeks for the site to be cleared.
We’re in the final phases of building design so the construction bidding should be ready to go in the March-April timeframe with award and construction potentially starting as early as May.
Weather permitting we’re looking to have some of the initial site work and utility relocation underway in April.
The next big project milestone will be getting the construction bids out and back-in with price quotes. We’ve spent a lot of time estimating to make sure this project stays on budget but bidding is always a bit of a wildcard.
We’ve been told that right now contractor pricing is running high as there’s a lot of construction work being done in advance of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland but hopefully by the time our project is ready to roll that work will be completed and pricing will be more favorable.