Cost to repair animal services building drops

The expected cost to gut and rebuild the floor of the Mesa County Animal Services building in Whitewater fell as county officials and a contractor studied bids for the job.

The end result was that on Monday, the Mesa County Commission approved a lower price for work on the building that reflected an $85,000 drop in the maximum guaranteed price.

When Asset Engineering submitted a $2,462,000 bid for the opportunity to fix a building that has long hounded the commission, it was before subcontractors’ bids had come in, said Greg Linza, county facilities director.

Once those bids came in, and the county had the opportunity to select which of them to accept, the maximum guaranteed price fell to $2,376,572, which the commission approved.

“That’s the beauty of this contract,” Linza said, “He bids out the job and we get to pick contractors we want to use.”

The animal services building cost $3 million to build in 2010 and immediately showed problems as the floor cracked, making it impossible to close some doors — a necessity when dealing with captive and sometimes vicious animals.

Part of the cost of repairs will be borne by the proceeds of a $1.2 million settlement with contractors on the building.

The work to be done includes leaving the walls and roof intact while replacing the floor with one designed to deal with the expansive soils in the area and the 3,000 gallons of water used each day to clean the kennels.

There is a final caveat to the project, Linza said.

The guaranteed maximum price will hold “only if there are no change orders,” Linza said, which might be caused by unanticipated conditions beneath the building.

The county has spent $539,000 so far on designs and repairs to the building, according to county records, which also forecast construction costs of as much as $126,000 and additional maintenance costs of as much as $450,000 if the project is put off until 2018.


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