Jail project on schedule

ESCANABA — A project that will create a new correctional facility at the Delta County Service Center is still on schedule. Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman said preparatory work for the project has begun, and ground will likely be broken on the project in about three weeks.

“Right now, we’re in the process of getting the timber cut at the service center,” Bergman said. This work is being done by Pomeroy Forest Products of Rapid River, which was awarded the job through a timber sale earlier this summer.

Bergman said he expects Pomeroy’s work to continue through mid-August.

“That should be wrapping up in a couple of weeks,” he said.

After this is completed, a pre-made garage will be installed at the service center.

“That’s going to be the (Delta County) Search and Rescue garage,” Bergman said. This garage, which will come from Cleary Building Corp. of Escanaba, will cost about $120,000. It will be paid for with proceeds from the timber sale, a corporate grant, and the county’s fund balance.

The county is also working to finalize the contracts included in Bid Package No. 1. This package contains about $7 million worth of contracts for work on the correctional facility.

Much of the work included in this bid package will be done by local companies. Earthwork for the project will be done by DeGrand Construction of Escanaba, asphalt work will be done by Payne and Dolan of Gladstone, and building cast concrete work will be done by Roy Ness Contracting and Sales, Inc. of Escanaba.

Work related to site concrete and structural steel for the project will be done by Miron Construction of Neenah, Wis., which is also serving as the project’s construction manager. However, Bergman said Miron will use labor from Delta County for this work.

“They have agreements with the… local unions,” he said.

Two other contracts included in Bid Package No. 1 were awarded to companies from out of the area. Pauly Jail Building Company, Inc. of Noblesville, Ind., will provide detention equipment for the correctional facility (including pre-made detention cells using 100 percent American-made steel), and Stanley Security Solutions, Ltd. of Indianapolis, Ind. will provide security electronics.

Bergman said due to the nature of this work, no local companies bid on these contracts.

“It’s very, very specialized,” he said.

Contracts for fencing and site utilities, both of which are part of Bid Package No. 1, are still outstanding. Bergman said two local companies are currently negotiating with Miron for these contracts, as are two companies from Wisconsin.

Ground is expected to be broken on the project in late August or early September, Bergman said. This is in line with the schedule that has been in place since the millage being used to fund the project was approved by voters last fall.

“We’re still on the same time schedule that we were when we started this project in November,” he said.

In September, Bid Package No. 2 will be released. This package will contain contracts for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and general trades work.

Bergman said while construction on the correctional facility will start relatively late in the year, this will not create issues for Miron.

“They have a plan to be able to work right (through) winter,” he said. The project is expected to be completed in late 2018.