The Polk County Council of Commissioners met earlier this week on Tuesday morning inside the Polk County Government Center. One of the items on the agenda was an update on the Red River Valley Juvenile Center redevelopment project. The board heard from Richard Langlois, Facilities and Icon Architectural Group member Todd Blixt, as he made a presentation.

The project will renovate the unsecured side of the building after a rainstorm while the roof was being repaired rendered the unsecured side of the building unusable.

Blixt started their presentation by reviewing the floor plan with the board and said it was very similar to the current floor plan. “It’s very similar to what they had before they started this remodeling process,” Blixt said. “There are a few tweaks to help with staff sightlines and things like that, but it’s very similar.”

Blixt also said that a few new items that will be installed in the juvenile center during the project are a new chiller and a few air handling units. “Once we started going through and looking at the facility as a whole, we realized that some of these units were on the verge of reaching the end of their life expectancy,” said Blixt. “The building is 35-40 years old, and since half of the building is wide open, we thought it would be a good time to replace these units. “

Blixt was also seeking board approval to move forward with the tendering process now that the floor plan is in place. The board of directors has approved the request and the project will now start to ramp up. Blixt spoke about the upcoming timeline. “The drawings are pretty much finished; it’s just a matter of bidding now, ”said Blixt. “The bidding process takes three weeks, so if we start this process now, we would finish it around Christmas and New Years, which is not optimal. So will wait a few weeks and at the start of the new year the tendering process will begin, and it will work better for everyone involved.

Full completion of the project is currently scheduled to end in August 2022, however, Blixt said that due to unknowns with the materials, it cannot guarantee a definitive completion date, and it could be December 2022 before the staff not be relocated. ease.

Polk County Deputy Facilities Manager Richard Langlois worked closely with ICON Architectural Group on the project plan. He hopes the project will be a great success. “I met Todd and they came up with some great ideas and a great floor plan,” Langlois said. “They have been great working with them and will continue to work closely together throughout the project. We’ll make sure everyone who needs to be involved is aware, and we hope this will be a great project. “

ICON Architectural Group estimated the total cost of the project at $ 1.1 million. This can and will change as construction and material costs increase. Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting said he would recommend using some type of bond for payment for the project. “Not only do we have to fix the damage that was done, but if we have to work on it, we might as well upgrade the facility to last 40 to 45 years without having to upgrade it. “Whiting said.” With what the project is going to cost, I recommend that we use bonds to help pay it off. We will likely have a plan in place after December to come up with a low-interest bond to pay off the work and pay it back over time.

The Tri-County Community Corrections Board voted to temporarily close the Juvenile Center in September. Upon completion of the project, the Juvenile Center will be reopened and operational.

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