Commissioners OK consultant
As part of a continuing project to build a new sheriff's office, the Davidson County Board of Commissioners will hire a consultant to help facilitate construction.
Commissioners approved a contract with Ramsey, Burgin, Smith Architects on Feb. 26. The firm will be paid up to $30,000 to help the county sort through construction proposals.
"We're real excited about moving this project to the next step," said Robert Hyatt, county manager. "We certainly recognize the space needs for the sheriff's office, and we're excited about things we'll be doing down at the courthouse to improve the functionality of the courtroom. It's kind of a domino effect with what we're doing now and what we'll be doing over the next four or five years."
The proposed 60,000-square-foot facility will sit just off U.S. Highway 64 near County Home Road.
Under the terms of House Bill 1138, passed last summer, county officials are now allowed to use a “design-build” method, which saves money. According to the Design-Build Institute of America, this method of project delivery dictates that a construction crew works under a single contract with the project owner — in this case, the county — to provide both design and construction services.
This method of construction was one of the reasons Hyde said hiring a consultant became a priority. A consultant will help gather information to establish cost estimates and an updated timeline for this project. Hyde says this type of project is a first for many staff members, so they want to be careful to optimize results.
"The county has approval from the state for using the design-build method," Hyatt said. "It's a new process for us and we've been talking to some consultants in helping us through that process. They'll help send out the exact specifications, prepare technical specs and help the board determine which contractor to go with.
"It'll be great for the employees and the staff, but I think it will be even better for the citizens, especially."
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